Barking Owl? Altona, Vic

To: "Peter Shute" <>, <>
Subject: Barking Owl? Altona, Vic
From: "Peter Shute" <>
Date: Sun, 22 Jul 2007 22:15:29 +1000
Only one reply so far, perhaps not surprisingly, suggesting a fox. This 
recording, sounds 
reasonably close, although the first of the three notes wasn't as loud as on 
this recording and was sometimes absent.

I initially thought it couldn't be an animal, as it was moving too fast.  This 
ground has been filled, and the piles of fill have never been smoothed out so 
it's covered in hills and craters.  I doubt a dog could move that fast through 
it, but a fox, knowing it's own regular pathways, probably could.

I'm not 100% sure that recording is of a red fox, as it seems the owners of fox 
websites feel no need to note the species of each track.

The person who suggested a fox mentioned that it was odd to have the initial 
growl (which is more of a yap on this recording).  Can anyone comment on that?

Peter Shute

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Subject:        Barking Owl? Altona, Vic

Heard a double yap four times about 9pm last night over the vacant land north 
of Truganina Swamp in Altona, Victoria, about 10 or 20 seconds apart and moving 

It sounded like that Chris 
Charles quoted in his Sydney report, only a little raspier.  The spacing 
between the yaps was like that.  The last two calls were preceded by a softer 

Is this possible around here?  I've never heard one before, and only thought it 
might be a Barking Owl because of the recent discussions here.  I'll accept 
that it could be something else, but not a dog.  It was moving too fast over 
the very rough ground for a dog, and it seemed to be coming from above ground 
level.  Not sure that I know what a fox sounds like, but it would have to be 
really moving fast.

Peter Shute

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