Grass Owl near Wangaratta, NE Victoria

Subject: Grass Owl near Wangaratta, NE Victoria
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 12:12:58 +1100
Paul Chick found a dead Grass Owl beside the Glenrowan-Boweya Road at Taminick near the northern tip of Lake Mokoan, SW of Wangaratta, NE Victoria on 11 February 2006. The body is in his freezer and will be transferred to the Melbourne Museum. He sent some photographs and took some measurements for me (tarsus 75 mm, stretched leg projection beyond tail when pressed flat against tail, 75 mm) which confirm the ID. Mind you the bare lower tarsi and bright rufous tints in the plumage were convincing enough.
The species is a vagrant to Victoria. The Vic. Atlas published in 1987 listed 7 records for the state, interestingly, including one from Wangaratta. Since then the Birds Australia Atlas lists a record from Cohuna in northern Victoria in 2001 and one was present at Yambuk Lake near Port Fairy in the SW of the state from September to November 2002 (a twitch for many of us).
Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mt Eliza    VIC     3930
Ph:  (03) 9787 7136
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