Powerful Owl still presiding over Turner Bowls Club

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Subject: Powerful Owl still presiding over Turner Bowls Club
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 21:13:35 +1100
There is variation among bird species but the common pattern is birds tend to moult annually. Some twice a year, some take twice as long. Usually, except in birds that do it very rapidly, it is over an extended period to allow feathers to be replaced in sequence, so that there is often a mix of old & new feathers. In most cases they do it without losing all their tail feathers at the same time. As for While there are no breeding records of Powerful Owls in our area, well yes correct if our area is Canberra. Tony Ross (1986) described in CBN 11(4):121 a failed 1985 nesting in the Brindabella Range. Surely there would be more breeding events in the nearby ranges than just that one.
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From: Mark Clayton [
Sent: Thursday, 11 December 2014 6:52 PM
To: 'Robin Eckermann'; 'Con Boekel'
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Powerful Owl still presiding over Turner Bowls Club

Many birds at this time of year are starting to undergo what is usually their post breeding moult. At present I have quite a few Australian Magpies in my yard that are losing their tail feathers and a few are in primary wing moult. These birds are not breeding birds but are from a loose flock of about 50 birds that inhabit the general area. Perhaps one of our excellent photographers could sit in view of the tree and get a picture to see if the owl is also replacing its wing feathers when (and if) it takes flight. While there are no breeding records of Powerful Owls in our area, the late John Calaby wrote in Birds in the Australian High Country that eggs are laid in late May or June. The timeframe would be about right for an adult Powerful Owl to be moulting. Young birds are generally a bit later starting their moult than adults.





From: Robin Eckermann [
Sent: Thursday, 11 December 2014 6:30 PM
To: Con Boekel
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Powerful Owl still presiding over Turner Bowls Club


Mmmm. I thought it looked a bit "stubbier" than previously ... and on checking an earlier photo, you're absolutely right. Its lost its tail feathers! I recall someone mentioning finding one the other day beneath the tree. I wonder if someone more knowledgeable than I has a theory?

Regards ... Robin

At 04:39 PM 11/12/2014, Con Boekel wrote:

Hi Robin
Nice shot, good detail. But, where did its tail go?

On 11/12/2014 1:41 PM, Robin Eckermann wrote:

I visited the site again this morning to show a couple of friends the Powerful Owl. It was still in the same spot as it has been occupying for much of the past two weeks - periodically looking around when there are disturbances. In the case of this photo, a large delivery truck came into the grounds and beeped its horn - the owl followed its progress along the driveway looking just a tad annoyed. There's a regular flow of bird-watchers.

(click on thumbnail for a larger view)


Regards ... Robin Eckermann
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