Powerful Owl at Cumberland SF

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Subject: Powerful Owl at Cumberland SF
From: "Tom and Mandy Wilson" <>
Date: Sun, 7 Jan 2007 15:48:34 +1100
Hi all
following Carol Abbott's posting to the BirdlineNSW website of a Powerful
Owl at Cumberland SF on 30 December, I visited today to look for the bird
too - partly to prove to my wife that they do exist and are not figments of
birders' imaginations - she has accompanied me on several bushwalks in
Cumberland SF and to Whale Rock/Devlins Creek in Epping where we have looked
for Powerful Owls and dipped (so even non-birders are susceptible to the
"This bird is a myth" concept.)
Luckily, they were there, close to where Carol saw them - follow the
Forestry Trail past the angophora platform, over the small stream and up
steps to the marked Red Cedar where the path turns right and runs on the
high bank above the stream before it turns sharp left and goes down some
steps - the birds were in the trees growing over the stream along this short
stretch.  There were 2 birds that we saw in the trees - an adult and a big
juvenile - both were showing pretty well so that my wife and children got
good views, so Mrs Wilson is no longer a "Powerful Owl doubter".  Neither
were sitting on last night's catch (as far as I could see) and were
interested in us, but only for a minute or so before they nodded off again.
Otherwise, it was pretty quiet in the SF - not many small birds, the
lorikeets were quiet (amazing!) and even the Bell Miners seemed subdued
Tom Wilson


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