Grass Owl in Brisbane

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Subject: Grass Owl in Brisbane
From: "Crispin Marsh" <>
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2007 10:13:26 +1000
Dear Birders,
My wife and I visited the grasslands tucked in between Brisbane airport and the 
Gateway Expressway on Friday evening and managed to see a Grass Owl flying 
overhead. Wonderful to see this great bird after a number of unrewarded outings 
looking for it.

The visit was a result of a suggestion from Mat Gilfedder who had seen the Owl 
there previously. His instructions were:-
1)       drive out of the airport terminal, and out the airport drive, and turn 
north on the gateway motorway (i.e. towards sunshine coast)

2)       drive about 1km north, and take the first exit north of the airport 
exit (this is the end of Toombul Rd),

3)       drive ¾ of the way around the roundabout, and pull over into a gravel 
area on the SE edge of the roundabout.

4)       Jump the gate (perfectly legal - it is a "council parkland") and 
follow the mowed tracks to your right, and then out into the middle of the 
grassed area

As it happened Mat was available to join us so the instructions were 
substituted by his direct guidance. The site is ideal as there is a large area 
of long grass through which the council has mown wide paths making the walking 
very easy. We arrived about 5:15 pm and the Owl flew over just after dusk at 
5:45. I was surprised at how high the bird was but it circled a number of times 
and it's long bare legs were very obvious in the spotlight. Even the mosquitos 
were noticeable by their absence - a perfect birding experience.

Many thanks to Mat for the suggestion and the company.


Peter Marsh

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