FW: [canberrabirds] Mystery of the Powerful Owl tail feathers

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Subject: FW: [canberrabirds] Mystery of the Powerful Owl tail feathers
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 18:17:59 +1100

In 7 visits to this site I have not seen this owl, or any other owl, without tail feathers, although the feathers are quite worn. An owl with no tail feathers would be at a serious disadvantage.  The held object is a Sugar Glider.





From: Con Boekel [
Sent: Saturday, 13 December 2014 4:29 PM
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Mystery of the Powerful Owl tail feathers


The nearest spot at which I have seen a Sugar Glider is 970m from the roost.

On 13/12/2014 4:02 PM, Mark Clayton wrote:

Looking at Robin’s two photo’s, apart from the obvious tail on one and apparently not on the other (is it obscured by the left wing which appears to be drooping slightly?), and I may be imagining things, but I reckon the eyes of the two birds are different and there is a clear pale “eyebrow” on the second photo that appears not to be on the first – this could be an artefact of the light. I am beginning to think that there may be two birds. If this is the case, where is the second bird roosting – it won’t be too far away. Also, how far did it have to go to get its latest meal, a Sugar Glider? All guesswork on my part. I will be interested to see what others think.




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