birding-aus Owls & Lunar Cycle

Subject: birding-aus Owls & Lunar Cycle
From: Stan Emmerson <>
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 1999 22:35:30 +1000

Hello all,
        I will have to stop travelling around the Far North when there is a
full moon in March.  This morning, leaving Cooktown early for the 5 hour
drive to Cairns, I was approaching Lakeland Downs & saw a small rufous Tawny
Frogmouth dead on the road, then after Lakeland Downs on the fast long
stretches of bitumen road, 5 Southern Boobooks run over during the night.
Again a bright full moon on a clear night with plenty of nice fat green
grasshoppers after days of cloudy wet days.  The same conditions as this
time last year west of Mt Garnet when 13 Owls were dead on the road on that
fatefull night of 13 March.  Then at McLeod River, north of Mt Carbine, a
Boobook Owl in the middle of the road with a broken wing.  This one was a
born survivor as he/her sat next to me on the passenger seat on his/her trip
to the coast, staring up at me with large yellow eyes, watching my every
move.  By the time we reached The Rainforest Habitat at Port Douglas, where
I take all my injured bird finds we were the best of mates & neither of us
liked parting company.  This Owl will eventually be released back into the
wild and it lessened the sadness of pulling up on the side of the road at
each road kill examining these beautiful species of birds (my favourites).

Cheers, Stan

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