powerful owls in Sydney etc

Subject: powerful owls in Sydney etc
From: Chris Charles <>
Date: Sun, 7 Jan 2007 22:08:11 +1100
Our local Powerful Owl pair in Northern Sydney usually raise 2 young each year & have done so for quite a few years so I guess the juveniles have to go somewhere.

They seem to have a steady diet of Ringtail & there are certainly a lot of Ringtails about with dreys overflowing as the juveniles get bigger a this time of year. It is not uncommon to see one of the Ringtail parents sprawled asleep on top of the bulging drey during the day, & families of 4 line-astern moving out in the twilight....nicely in sync with the PO family demand!

It might be heresy but the Ringtails do seem to rely heavily on the privet for cover & can be spotlighted among the privet blossom at night. Both garden natives & exotics also seem to complement the diet for Ringtails, Brushtails & Sugar Gliders. All visit our Sesanqua Camelia especially when it is in bloom & the bark & shoots of mango & avocado are a favorite of our resident Brushtails. While a Powerful Owl may sit & watch the Brushtails, I have seen no evidence of them being taken here. But they evidently retain some respect for the Powerful Owl because if the Brushtails get too bouncy as they wait for dark in the ceiling, a few PO hoots emanating from OwlPages via my computer speakers soon quieten them down. (Otherwise they are perfect house guests, not fouling the roof space & coming home quietly in the morning.) If you find PO feathers under a roost, Fiona Hogan is looking for feathers for DNA analysis.

Chris Charles

On 07/01/2007, at 10:09 PM, John Tongue wrote:

Hi all Powerful Owl watchers,
Further to the discussion about their seeming to be at home right in the City, last year, one was roosting for a time in a tree right outside the Australian Museum in Market St.....I know because on a visit to Sydney I went to see if I could tick it (would have been a lifer for me then, though I've since seen one in Northern Suburbs of Sydney!), and dipped!!

John Tongue


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