Barking Owl

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Subject: Barking Owl
From: "Wynton" <>
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2001 10:46:29 +0800
Hi Birder's,
Good Friday has proved appropriate as instead of putting on the suit and tie and driving to work i was walking around Blue Gum Lake(BGL) in Perth suburbia.
Suspected an Owl was in presence due to the scolding calls of Red Wattlers, Grey Butcher Bird, Ravens( approx 40, one of the largest gatherings i have  ever seen) , Mudlark and Australian Magpie.
Within a few minutes i spotted the Owl about 10 metres up a Eucalypt. However to my pleasant surprise this was not the Boobook  I was expecting but a much larger Owl with mainly white breast with limited black streaks mainly confined to the upper half of the underparts.It had powerful talons and left its perch after a couple of minutes whereby the noise from the other birds reached a crescendo. Due to its large size all the birds appeared very wary and did not approach closely like they do when buzzing a Boobook.
Suspected it was a Barking Owl  and this was confirmed when i checked the field guides.The BGL Owl had very little streaking on its underparts compared with the field guides.
This is a new species to me and is rather appropriate considering this is where i started birding many years ago.
For the record  i have recorded over 70 species at BGL and the Barking Owl is a definite  highlight, along with an Osprey sighted in the 80's.  
Perth is in drought mode at present with little rain for six months and this is showing at BGL as  the western half of the lake is practically dry.
Finally, on the subject of White Ibis saw over 3000  roosting at Booragoon Swamp this morning before some commenced to leave at 7 15am local time. Were roosting where Black Cormorants usually breed so hope they don't cause any significant problems.
Regards   Wynton
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