Boobook Rain-bathing

To: "'Peter Milburn'" <>, <>
Subject: Boobook Rain-bathing
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Thu, 26 May 2011 18:00:25 +1000
I have just noticed in David Hollands' Owls etc book (page 69), a
picture and caption "Barking Owl bathing. All Ninox owls seem to like to
do this". Although the picture is of one in a small pond. 


-----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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