Barking Owl the Bunyip?

To: "Wynton Maddeford" <>, <>
Subject: Barking Owl the Bunyip?
From: "Alan Gillanders" <>
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2003 16:42:39 +1000
G'day Mates,
While I have seen Barking Owls along streams I have never seen one sitting over water.
If calls be the thing, my contender is the Great-billed Heron which has one call that is a cross between a crocodile roar and the bellow of a large bull in pain, gurgling in the throat as the sound is produced. To me that is the scariest sound, other than man made, in the Australian bush.
The Lardel people have a ' boogey man monster' type creature which is used to encourage personal and camp cleanliness along with adherence to food taboos. Tthuit, the Mulgary Spirit, has a head which resembles a croc and a platypus, a croc's legs and the body and tail of a dugong. It can live in any watery environment, dematerialise and invade the stomach of miscreants.
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