Rufous Owl in South West WA

To: "'Philip Veerman'" <>, "'David Stowe'" <>
Subject: Rufous Owl in South West WA
From: "Paul Dodd" <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2007 15:51:52 +1000
I have to agree with David here. I think it's a big call to suggest that
someone has confused an Owl with a Goshawk. From Amy's description of the
observation in her email she had a good look. Also she says that quite a
number of people also saw the bird and you'd have thought that at least one
person in even a relatively small group could pick an Owl from a raptor. The
fact that Frogmouths are mistaken for Owls is a bit different - there is at
least a similarity in appearance and behaviour (both being predominantly
nocturnal, for instance).


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Philip Veerman
Sent: Wednesday, 12 September 2007 1:53 PM
To: David Stowe
Cc: Birding-aus (E-mail)
Subject: Rufous Owl in South West WA

Yes but look at the distribution maps of the Rufous Owl. A long way of
totally inappropriate habitat from there to South West Australia. Very
different situation from a Barking Owl in suburban Sydney, during a drought
year.  Let's wait till the evidence comes through, but my vote is with Brown
Goshawk for the reasons I gave before (and not that it would be odd for any
Ninox Owl to be eating a bird). I wouldn't be surprised at someone mistaking
a Goshawk for an owl. Lots of people think Frogmouths are owls.


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