Barn Owls and Brolga's

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Subject: Barn Owls and Brolga's
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2003 16:21:43 +1000

Today, i went down to Reedy Lake, Leopold, Victoria (Moolap Station Rd) for lunch.

I was standing on the mound at the end of Moolap Station Rd, when i saw a large white bird leap from the bushes, being harrassed by some magpie larks.

I put my scope on it and it was a Barn Owl! (i think). It flew across the road and towards the swamp, where it swooped three Brolga's grazing in a burnt out area next to the swamp.  The Brolga's ducked their heads in cover, and the Barn Owl flew up and landed in a tree on the edge of the swamp.

Is anyone able to tell me what the likelihood would be, of it being a masked or grass owl? What features distinguish the three species?

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