Scamander Masked Owl

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Subject: Scamander Masked Owl
From: Michael Todd <>
Date: Thu, 05 Apr 2007 19:57:56 +1000
Hello all,

Just a short email to let people know that I've settled in Tasmania in the Huonville district (35 km south-west of Hobart) and have begun my research on the Tasmanian Masked Owl. Not much fieldwork at this stage- lots of reading and planning. I did manage to photograph a large female castanops near Scamander in north-east Tasmania a few weeks ago (I've put a couple of reduced photos on the website at They are a massive Tyto- putting most of the mainland birds I've seen to shame!

I'm living out in the country and so am getting a nice mix of birds passing through the back garden (no owls yet though). Most days I have Scarlet Robins, Dusky Robins, Superb Fairy-wrens, Yellow-rumped Thornbills, Brown Thornbills, Grey Shrike-thrush, Black-headed, Yellow-throated and Crescent Honeyeaters. Common Blackbirds, Starlings and Goldfinches make up the common introduced birds- the starlings in particular love the ripening apples on the apple tree, and are no doubt raiding the many orchards around the place. I've wasted quite a few hours already just watching the birds passing through the backyard, and photographing a few!

I've started updating the website. I've put up a new Mammal gallery section and am currently working on the non-passerines. I'll put them up section by section.


Mick Todd

Michael Todd
Wildlifing- Images of Nature-
Ranelagh, Tasmania
Latest Additions: Updated Australian Mammals Gallery
Mobile: o41o 123715


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