Fw: birding-aus Owls & Lunar Cycle

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Subject: Fw: birding-aus Owls & Lunar Cycle
From: "G Glass" <>
Date: Wed, 3 Mar 1999 10:32:19 +1000

What about contacting the local newspaper(s) in the area and doing a story
with photo - person holding up "one of umpteen dead owls" - with the
conditions that lead this this tragedy. With the moral being "Drive
carefully when there is a full moon after cloudy, wet days" or whatever.
Heartwrenching pic of 'owl' looking at you would be good too. We should not
neglect going to these lengths to save some birds. People's hearts can be
touched and a few will take notice and act.
Gloria Glass
Gowrie Junction, nr Toowoomba, Qld

> From: Stan Emmerson <>
> To: 
> Subject: birding-aus Owls & Lunar Cycle
> Date: Tuesday, 2 March 1999 22:35
> Hello all,
>         I will have to stop travelling around the Far North when there is
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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,
> I take all my injured bird finds we were the best of mates & neither of
> liked parting company.  This Owl will eventually be released back into
> 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
> Cheers, Stan
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