Powerful Owl in Melbourne CBD

Subject: Powerful Owl in Melbourne CBD
Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2000 09:45:00 +1000

From: Martin  on 13/04/2000 09:45 AM

Subject:  Powerful Owl in Melbourne CBD

What a way to start the day.

A colleague of mine (Paul Peake) alerted me to the presence of a Powerful Owl in
Melbournes Fitzroy Gardens this morning.  A group of fellow workers and myself
went down to check the beast and found it high in an elm tree.  The owl,
unmistakable with its piercing stare, had chosen an open spot in the canopy with
dappled sunlight which made it difficult to locate for the untrained eye.  Not
far from the base of the tree was a headless brushtail possum.  Quite possibly
the remains of the owls foraging last night.

This is one of the closest records of the species to Melbourne central business
district in many years.  The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne had a Powerful Owl
for several months many years back.  I'll be encouraging Paul to forward the
observation to the Atlas.

Martin O'Brien
Executive Scientific Officer - Scientific Advisory Committee
Parks Flora and Fauna Division
Department of Natural Resources and Environment
4/250 Victoria Pde.,
East Melbourne  3002

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