Help with identification

To: 'Fiona Sweet Formiatti' <>, "" <>
Subject: Help with identification
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Sun, 15 Dec 2019 04:28:08 +0000

Hi Fiona,


The feathers in your photo, are certainly from a Tawny Frogmouth (not chook!). That does not mean that they are from your night time observed visitor, but it could be.




From: Fiona Sweet Formiatti [
Sent: Sunday, 15 December, 2019 2:54 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Help with identification



Exciting visitors in Lyons, very early this morning (1am). Full moon. Heard an unusual noise in back garden. Saw two ‘owl’ silhouettes on wire. Then saw a larger one on the roof. It flew to the others & they made a call I haven’t heard before. Neither the tawny ‘washing machine’, nor the boobook. Best described as almost growling. 

The birds flew off. I went to the front door and out, saw the big one swoop down near the drive. Illuminated by a dim garage light, its wings had brown-ish and much lighter bands. Wide wingspan. Noticed silhouette of others. We have many water bowls of varying depths in the garden & heaps of lizards at the moment.
Also, found these feathers 2 days ago on Lyons oval. Largest is 21cm. From neighbours' chooks or from the visitors?
Grateful for suggestions.

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