Boobooks in public places!

Subject: Boobooks in public places!
From: "David Harper" <>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2003 22:36:16 +0930
Hi Ausers,
Today while going about my work as a humble elevator technician in Adelaide I walked out the back door of the second tallest building right in the middle of the CBD, Telstra House. While all the office gaspers were milling about smoking their fags I noticed a male Magpielark going of his trolley in a small deciduous tree near the back door. Normally this wouldn't have attracted my attention, as the resident pair that share their inner city space with the lunchtime office crowds are rather eccentric. There was something about his repeated cries however that  pricked my birding senses! Upon investigating the focus of his attentions I noticed an adult Boobook Owl sitting on a branch not six feet above the ground completely oblivious to the milling crowds and the aforementioned schitsophrenic Magpielark.
Boobooks are obviously more common than people would suspect, even within inner city CBD's About two weeks ago I found another Boobook Owl under similar circumstances. Only this time it was in a Plane Tree wedged between the Adelaide Railway Station and our very own Festival Theatre. It too was given away by the unwanted attentions of a pair of Magpielarks. If these two can eke out a living amidst the hustle and bustle of the high-rises it makes me wonder just how many Boobooks live in the belt of Parklands that surrounds the city? Needless to say I was still impressed with seeing this one, that brightened up what would have otherwise been a very ordinary day.
Happy Easter
David Harper 
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