[UNCLASSIFIED]SootyOwls and Honeyeaters

Subject: [UNCLASSIFIED]SootyOwls and Honeyeaters
From: "Paul Mahoney" <>
Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2007 15:53:52 +1000
I can confirm that Sooty Owls definitely have eyeshine.  The colour of the
birds can make it fairly difficult to locate them to get on the eyeshine.

As it was more than a decade ago that I last saw a Sooty Owl, I cannot
remember the colour, and do not have access to my (Australian) bird books at
the moment.


Subject: [canberrabirds] [UNCLASSIFIED]SootyOwls and Honeyeaters
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2007 09:46:53 +1100

We spent the weekend in the Jervis Bay area and on the Friday night we
camped near Bendeela dam (Kangaroo Valley) and in the morning drove up to a
section of Morton NP. We had exciting views of 7 different honeyeaters in
the same flowering eucalypt - Yellow tufted, yellow faced, white cheeked,
white naped, New Holland, scarlet and spinebill.

In Booderee NP we ventured out for some spotlighting, after remembering
some advice from Stuart Harris about a Sooty Owl he had seen in the
Steamers Beach car park. Not thinking we would be as lucky, but hopeful
none the less, we cruised down the track spotlighting as we went. We
stopped the car at a spot were we could hear a couple of Boobooks calling
and while we were looking for them we heard the distinct falling bomb
whistle of a Sooty Owl. Well, this got us pretty excited and after playing
their call we had 2 of them in trees somewhere right above us..... But,
blowed if we could see them!!! We spent about 10 mins searching
energetically with the spotlight, all the time they were doing their
cricket like call and we couldn't find them. Frustration factor was pretty

We assumed in the end that they mustn't have any eye shine. Does anyone

Thanks for the tip, Stuart!

Kathy and John

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