Re: Powerful Owl Behaviour

To: "Alex Zorba" <>
Subject: Re: Powerful Owl Behaviour
From: Chris Charles <>
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2008 20:39:09 +1000
It is apparently an uncommon occurrence & thus hard to make generalisations. I have observed several pairs regularly over the past 5 years & have never been aware of a threat display aimed at me or unease on the part of the bird(s). Until, while observing a female & 2 juveniles that were roosting quite high & quite unconcerned by my presence, I was hit by the male I had not seen. The attack was obviously aimed for my eyes with one talon hooking under the eyebrow. It was only one pass but he landed about 4m away & seemed intent on coming back. He looked much more hawk like at this point with neck extended & facial feathers flattened. However his break from cover was observed by a couple of kookaburras who immediately mobbed him to the point he retreated back up under the canopy. I have looked for any differences on that day but apart from being early & relatively dark from heavy overcast there was nothing unusual. The common wisdom suggests that the risk is greatest during nesting - mid May to early September - & close to the nest. However I was hit in late November. Otherwise they have always been a delight to watch with much more to them than just a finely tuned hunting machine.
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Regards, Chris

Chris Charles
0412 911 184

33deg 47'30"S

On 05/08/2008, at 12:27 PM, Alex Zorba wrote:

Thank you all for your insight and kind comments about the image.

Chris wrote "Also be aware that they may strike at you"


By "striking" do you mean taking a quick swipe at you or a prolonged attack? This has obviously happened before and It would be interesting to hear about
it. What would be a safe veiwing distance? I dont particularly want to
disturb these birds or any others for that matter. This bird was unphased by my presence but if I had noticed signs of discomfort/unease I would have backed right off. What would these be if any?...the bird didnt make a sound.


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