Scary bush sounds Re: [BIRDING-AUS] Barking Owl the Bunyip?

Subject: Scary bush sounds Re: [BIRDING-AUS] Barking Owl the Bunyip?
From: "Paul Coddington" <>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2003 06:09:58 +0000
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.

Recently I did some spotlighting in the Angahook-Lorne State Park in Victoria. The combination of the blood-curdling screams of Yellow-bellied Gliders and the grunting of Koalas was really quite spooky. I was thinking that early explorers or settlers who came across these sounds without knowing what they were would have been really spooked!

Paul Coddington
Adelaide, South Australia

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