Bush stone curlews and Barn owl at UQ

Subject: Bush stone curlews and Barn owl at UQ
From: Peter Woodall <>
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2005 15:52:56 +1000
Just a couple of notes from the St Lucia campus of University of Queensland.

There is a group of up to 8 Bush Stone-curlews that sun themselves in the morning
on the lawn, just down from Mill Road.  Later in the day they move back under
the shrubs and try to hide amongst the bark mulch.

At lunch-time I was drawn out of my room by a huge commotion outside.  A large
group of Noisy Miners alarm calling, accompanied by Torresian Crows and
Pied Butcherbirds. Later a Pied Currawong joined in. I went out to look thinking that it was either a predator or a possum but I could find nothing. I spoke to some of our vet students who were having lunch there but they could see nothing either. However, later one of them told me that it was a Barn Owl, that had flown off and had escaped the mobbers. She does know her birds and described the disc face and pale colour so I'm sure that her id of a Barn Owl is correct. I've yet to see one on campus
but will look harder.

Peter W

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