Sooty Owl in Beerwah, Sunshine Coast, Qld

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Subject: Sooty Owl in Beerwah, Sunshine Coast, Qld
From: Jill Dening <>
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2011 21:19:56 +1000

So exciting, we have just been sitting in our loungeroom listening to the repeated and very close calls of a Sooty Owl. We scrambled for the bird calls to verify that we weren't imagining it, and the ipod played the same call to us. Finally I went outside to try to locate it, only to find it was sitting in a tree over the driveway, and I disturbed it ...........and lost it. I looked up but didn't see it, though I heard the heavy flapping as it took off. And no more calls since.

We have lived in Beerwah since early 1996, and have never heard or seen a Sooty Owl here at home. The habitat isn't especially wet here. We are at the base of one of the Glasshouse Mountains, and that surely plays some part in explaining its presence. And it is a very wet year.

Wow, wow, wow!

Jill Dening
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

26° 51' 41"S  152° 56' 00"E

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