Rufous Owl in South West WA

To: L&L Knight <>
Subject: Rufous Owl in South West WA
From: Penny Brockman <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2007 11:00:10 +1000
I saw a Powerful Owl in Mitchell Park, Windsor area north of Sydney, with a magpie in its talons, many years ago, more than I care to remember in fact!

Perhaps it is a foreign owl that's hitched a lift from Asia?

Following on from Kurtis' point, owls tend to eat mammals rather than birds, whereas Goshawks tend to eat birds. I think it would be a bit unusual for an owl to take a magpie.

Regards, Laurie.

On Tuesday, September 11, 2007, at 09:41 AM, <> wrote:

Dear All,

I had an amazing experience on Friday. (7th Sept.) I was walking down the street in Bridgetown (in south west WA) when something overhead caught my
attetion. Imagine my surprise when I looked up and saw the biggest owl I
have ever seen! I was seeing it from behind, as it was sitting on top of a sign outside a shop, and that sign was hanging from the rafters under the verandah. When I walked around to see the front of it, another surprise!
It was holding a dead magpie in it's claws! Every now and then he/she
would take a bite out of it, although it was eating very slowly. The owner
Amy Flatt - Happy Bird Watcher!


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