Wildlifing Update- Tassie Masked Owl Photos

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Subject: Wildlifing Update- Tassie Masked Owl Photos
From: Michael Todd <>
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2007 17:48:09 +1000
Hello all,

I spent a couple of days in northern Tasmania over the weekend. I took my first look at the Narawntapu NP (formerly Asbestos Range NP). It has to be the best place to see and photograph wombats that I've seen. Among the birds present were Hooded Plover (on Bakers Beach), Double-banded Plover, Mountain Duck, Tas. Scrubwren and Green Rosella. I'll put some of these photos onto my website when I get a chance.

I spent a few nights looking for Tassie Masked Owls and had a bit of luck after many hours of searching. I've put up some photos ( that I took of a male Masked that was more obliging than any of the other Tas Maskeds that I've come across so far. I believe it was a male because I'm 90% certain that it was the bird responsible for giving a burst of cackling/ squeaking calls. There was another owl present nearby that I wasn't aware of until it flew off with a loud deep screech, a call that I associate with female Maskeds.

One of the photos shows how wide they can open their mouths. Important when you like to swallow your prey in one gulp and then regurgitate the rough bits back the way they came! The legs and talons of the bird look oh so dangerous. Its incredible to think that the male is the smaller of the sexes by a considerable degree. I'd like to have seen his mate!




Michael Todd
Wildlifing- Images of Nature-
Ranelagh, Tasmania
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