Masked Owl at Midday

Subject: Masked Owl at Midday
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2008 14:09:14 +1000
In response to Craig's query regarding Masked Owls calling during the day. 
 I have asked my owl contacts here in Victoria (Ed McNabb and Rohan 
Bilney) to offer their thoughts.  Rohan (who's mentioned in David Hollands 
superb new owl book) provided the following thoughts ...

Rohan has a mainly se Australian perspective on owls I believe.

cheers, Martin

Martin O'Brien
Wildlife Biologist - Threatened Species & Communities Section
Department of Sustainability and Environment
2/8 Nicholson St.,
East Melbourne  3002


Hi Martin,
It wouldn't surprise me if it was being mobbed by birds or was disturbed. 
Haven't heard Tyto make a noise in the day before thought (except for late 
evening, sometimes sooties call before sunset), but have never seen a 
masked in a foliage roost before. Powerful owls often call (bleat, or 
single woo) if being mobbed by currawongs etc. or you walk too close 
during breeding. Quite interesting!
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