Boobook Rain-bathing

To: "'Peter Milburn'" <>, <>
Subject: Boobook Rain-bathing
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Mon, 23 May 2011 16:24:55 +1000
Nice observation and probably not something easily seen, although no
reason to think it wouldn't be common. When I was CBN editor I put
together a little collection of articles about birds rain bathing.
"Notes on Australian birds rain and foliage bathing" by myself and three
others See CBN 13(1): 24-27 (1988). I'm sure you could source that
through the scanned archives of CBN. That also includes many references.
It includes several raptors but I don't think anything about owls.


-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Milburn  
Sent: Monday, 23 May 2011 12:57 PM
Subject: Boobok Rain-bathing

During the electricity blackout in O'Connor last evening, through the 
kitchen window I noticed a large bird in silhouette against the low 
clouds perched high in our Yellow Box tree.  It was raising one wing 
and ruffling it feathers, alternating between sides.  It was clearly 
bathing in the rain.  I had a quick look at it illuminated with a 
hand torch through binoculars to confirm its identity as a Southern 
Boobok.  It persisted in this behaviour for several minutes. 
Everyone in the family managed to see it.

I  suppose that this is not uncommon but it is the first time that I 
have seen an owl bathing.  Does anyone know about bathing behavior in 

Dr P.J Milburn
Technology Specialist
Australian Cancer Research Foundation Biomolecular Resource Facility
John Curtin School of Medical Research Australian National University
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