powerful owl in Palmerston

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Subject: powerful owl in Palmerston
From: John Harris <>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:07:13 +0000
Hi. I am unclear as to whether your report of a PO in Palmerston refers to a recent sighting in Feathertop Street or whether that refers only to the backyard sighting a couple of years ago. Can you please clarify for me?
I and several others saw a powerful owl in Palmerston in 2007 and I recorded the sighting for my own interest but I was not a member of COG at the time.
I have not seen one here since although there have been reports elsewhere in Gungahlin of a 'big dark bird’ high in a tree.  I followed up a possible sighting near Yerrabi Pond five or so years ago with no luck. 
The Great Mythical Gungahlin Powerful Owl remains elusive…….but everything turns up in Gungahlin eventually!

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Date: Sunday, 14 December 2014 8:03 pm
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Subject: [canberrabirds] powerful owl in Palmerston

A Powerful Owl has been reported from Feathertop St. Palmerston by Brenda Allan. This evening she said one was in their backyard a couple of years ago. No precise date given. It was there for half a day. It draped the carcase of a bird or mammal on the metal bar of the clothesline and came back after half an hour and devoured it. There are 2 large Chinese elms in their yard where it could have hidden.  She saw the powerful talons and fine black markings on the feathers. She researched  and decided it was a Powerful Owl. There was a small pool in their backyard that attracted many birds.
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