Rufous Owl in South West WA

To: "'Paul Dodd'" <>, "'Philip Veerman'" <>, "'David Stowe'" <>
Subject: Rufous Owl in South West WA
From: "Gregory Little" <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2007 16:07:14 +1000
Gooday birders

Hey don't doubt the ignorance of people. I once took a group of people
walking through bushland to point out wildlife for them on an 80ha
property, near Barrington Tops (NSW), and the neighbouring property
owner asked if we were likely to see Racoons.

Greg Little

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Paul Dodd
Sent: Wednesday, 12 September 2007 3:52 PM
To: 'Philip Veerman'; 'David Stowe'
Cc: 'Birding-aus (E-mail)'
Subject: Rufous Owl in South West WA

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
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
person in even a relatively small group could pick an Owl from a raptor.
fact that Frogmouths are mistaken for Owls is a bit different - there is
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
year.  Let's wait till the evidence comes through, but my vote is with
Goshawk for the reasons I gave before (and not that it would be odd for
Ninox Owl to be eating a bird). I wouldn't be surprised at someone
a Goshawk for an owl. Lots of people think Frogmouths are owls.


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