Loud bird noise at night

To: "Karen" <>, "BIRDING-AUS" <>
Subject: Loud bird noise at night
From: "Billinghurst, David \(RTATECH\)" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2007 09:11:45 +1000
> From:  Karen
> I just went outside tonight to the most GHASTLY noise I've
> ever heard! Very loud
> and very hard to describe. Nothing I've heard before. I did
> race out with a
> torch worried about my horses and this is the FIRST time I've
> been this
> apprehensive about going out to investigate a noise! I was
> scanning the
> paddock, the noise was moving quite fast across the paddock, a really
> frightening screeching of some sort.
> It happened again, and I can confidently say it is a bird of
> some sort. VERY
> loud and sounding very cross.  Now up in the trees and moving
> around.  10pm
> at night.   Has anyone any ideas??  I did attempt a recording
> but was too
> late  :(

> Karen,
> Warrandyte, VIC

Might be a flying fox.  They make a dreadful screetching racket,
are quite common in the Yarra valley these days.  Can be hard to
distinguish from birds when they are in a tree at night.

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