Doug Blood and Denis O’Connor were down at eh
WTP on Friday morning. They started
to trail the Aus. Bittern from the Borrow
Pit and it lead them on a merry chase, from 15E Lagoons back to the Borrow Pit,
the bird kept landing on the levees.
They both assured me that they did
not cause the bird any harassment; rather
the bird seemed to be having fun at their expense. (petrol is now $1:25 per
Close to the 145 W Lagoons near the new construction site they were
amazed to see what appeared to be a football, it was actually the top of the
head of an Owl, is it a Barn or Masked?
It was about 10-30am . Doug went into photography mode, the bird kept
flying a short distance and landed out in the open. They came so close to it they were
concerned that it may be ill.
It then held out its wing as though broken.
Is this the behavior of an owl who is trying to
decoy intruders from its nest?
On their way out of the Treatment Plant past the borrow pit they
encountered the Bittern and this time they do have a photo to prove it.
The bird was well disguised, as it appeared to be sitting at about 45
“and just looked like another log
Doug and Denis again assured me that they did not harass the birds,
they kept a reasonable distance and only drove very slowly.
Can I forward a copy of the photo of the Owl to someone to identify,