Re: Powerful Owl Behaviour

Subject: Re: Powerful Owl Behaviour
From: "Alex Zorba" <>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2008 23:22:27 -0700
Thankyou Russell and David for your replies.

David, Would an animal twitch even with rigor mortis? The possum was
twitching even when the Owl became completely relaxed and closed its eyes.

On Sun, Aug 3, 2008 at 10:38 PM, Alex Zorba <> wrote:

>  Hi all,
> I recently observed a PO in Brisbane and I have some questions about the
> circumstances/possibilities of this encounter.
> The bird dropped to the ground as I turned around, 30 seconds passed and he
> flew up to his perch holding prey. I didn't see him catch or kill the
> possum. The possum had been decapitated and there was no blood on the bird
> or perch. As I was watching and photographing the Owl the Possum would
> twitch. When it twitched the Owl would look down at it and appear to press
> harder on the Possum. The time was 2:55PM.
> As PO's hunt at night, this raises the question of why it was twitching.
> How long does it take for Rigor mortis to set in? Is it possible that
> the birds talon was hitting a nerve in the possum? Has daylight hunting been
> recorded before? Do Possums such as this Ring-tailed sleep in hollows during
> the day? or just somewhere in a tree? What would the estimated TOD be?
> There is more of the story and an image here;
> I hope someone can shed some light on the subject.
> Thanks in advance,
> Alex

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