Electrocuted Powerful Owl

Subject: Electrocuted Powerful Owl
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Sat, 16 Sep 2006 08:56:21 +1000
Hi All,

Yesterday afternoon I returned home to find a large bundle wrapped up in a plastic bag on my doorstep. Beside it was note from a friend who has just started a new job as a tree lopper for an energy company. It read: "Found this in the Megalong Valley today. Think it was electrocuted on powerlines."

I opened the bag, and guess what I found! A dead but absolutely beautiful Powerful Owl, still clutching the rear end of a Greater Glider, its talons still wrapped tightly around the base of the mammal's tail (which is about 550mm long).

Very freshly dead, the poor bird (and prey) had been found on a track underneath powerlines. It's now taking up most of the space in my freezer, awaiting a visit to the Australian Museum.

The Megalong Valley is on the western side of the Blue Mountains, about 100km west of Sydney.




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