Owl near Melbourne - is this a Boobook?

To: "Cheryl Ridge" <>, <>
Subject: Owl near Melbourne - is this a Boobook?
From: "Greg & Val Clancy" <>
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2008 09:07:20 +1100
Hi Cheryl,

The owl is clearly a Southern Boobook from its underparts that are blotched and not streaked as in the Barking, its green not bright yellow eyes, and the grey, not yellow feet. Barking Owl eyes give the appearance of 'staring'.

No offence intended but some members of this list have an interesting, but worrying, habit of guessing what a bird is. This must be confusing to the person seeking help with an ID as they receive a number of answers when only one is correct. May I suggest that if people aren't sure of an ID that they let someone else who is sure have a go. Unless of course someone floats a photo as a guessing competition.

I have had a key to Australian owls published, which I will forward to you (Cheryl) and can forward a copy to anyone else who is interested. Others wanting it should contact me off-site.


Greg Clancy

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