light morph Masked Owl ID

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Subject: light morph Masked Owl ID
From: "Valentine, Peter" <>
Date: Thu, 3 May 2012 17:05:25 -0700
Having spotlighted 18 Barn Owls this week near Townsville, this looks like a 
classic Barn Owl to me. 



On 04/05/2012, at 8:59 AM, Andrew Taylor wrote:

> A lucky birdline contributor apparently had this owl
> appear in his Broadmeadows (Newcastle area) backyard:
> I have little experience with Masked Owl and the ID has
> me a little confused - and I'm hoping someone might explain the
> finer ID points here.
> The dark upper parts appear to rule out Barn Owl?
> What about Grass Owl?
> But 2 other field marks, the facial disk shape and the leg feathering,
> appear to me to indicate Barn Owl.
> The general appearance is bulky but given only a photograph its hard to
> to be sure how much is just the bird's posture.
> Andrew
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