Suburban roosting Australian Owlet-nightjar

Subject: Suburban roosting Australian Owlet-nightjar
From: Suzanne Tunks <>
Date: Sun, 12 Jun 2011 15:12:43 +1000
I saw an Australian Owlet-nightjar sitting in the entrance to a hollow in a Red Box growing in the Tuggeranong suburb of Kambah at 11.15am this morning.  The hollow is about 10 metres above the ground and east-facing.  The tree is about as tall as I've ever seen for this species of Eucalypt - I reckon it would probably be about 200 years old and it has many hollows in it.  In a straight line, it is about 150 metres, and one main road, from the Mt Taylor Nature Reserve, and 1 km from the roosting bird that I reported on 12 March 2010 (see:  I spoke briefly with one of the residents of the property on which the tree grows, who believes the Southern Boobook has bred in the tree before and showed me a photograph of a fledgling that came down their chimney some years ago.  I have attached a photo that I took of the bird seen in the hollow this morning.

Kind regards

Matthew Frawley

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