Powerful Owl at Epping NSW

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Subject: Powerful Owl at Epping NSW
From: "Trevor Quested" <>
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2002 18:10:18 +1100
The Powerful Owl site at Epping a Sydney suburb was severely damaged by the
recent bushfires.  Some of the Coachwood trees have dead leaves yet their
trunks are not burnt. On the walk down, the Angophora costata -Eucalyptus
pilularis forest has been extremely burnt.  All the understorey has gone and
several of the large trees where the King Parrots, Rainbow Lorikeets,
Rosellas and Galahs nest have fallen.

The smell of the fire still hangs in the air.  However there is some good
news...we found a Powerful Owl in the remaining Coachwood trees more or less
where I saw one in November.  This one appeared to be a young bird with some
white brow feathers present.  It had a Ring-tailed Possum in its talons.
With the understorey gone it is very easy to move through the forest.

Trevor & Annie Quested

Sydney, Australia

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