Re: Birding blooper

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Subject: Re: Birding blooper
From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2007 10:51:35 +1100
It must be a Queensland thing. There's a plastic long-eared owl on a jetty on the Brisbane River, a little upstream from New Farm Park. Of course I wasn't fooled a bit. I took a whole lot of photos though for some reason ....


On 22/02/2007, at 8:32 AM, Bill Stent wrote:

Confession time, is it?

I was with my family visiting South East Queensland a couple of year
back, and we were on our way to dinner with Sue and Terry Pacey (ooh,
namedropper!). Passing the MacDonald's at the river crossing just south of Labrador I noticed something on the roof, perched in amongst a number
of white ibis.  I just had to check it out.  It was raining, but using
my binoculars I could make out a definite owl of some description.  I
dropped Jan and Emma at the caravan park where we were staying and made my way back on foot. I carefully crept up to the building, somewhat out of sight of the customers, and my suspicions were confirmed. A definite
owl - but with horns!  Sensation!

However, after a short reality check I decided that what I was looking
at was not a first for Australia, and neither was it an exquisitely
carved banana peel, but rather a plastic owl.  What it was doing there
is anyone's guess - if it was put there to keep the ibis away it was
having no effect.

It's probably still there.

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