Owl near Melbourne - is this a Boobook?

To: "Greg & Val Clancy" <>
Subject: Owl near Melbourne - is this a Boobook?
From: John Tongue <>
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2008 09:41:02 +1000
Hi all,
I think Greg makes a valid point, but an alternate point of view can also be put. With some birds and/or some photos there is not necessarily a clear answer, and the number of different experts will be matched or exceeded by the number of different conclusions. Then I'm sure we all benefit by being party to the 'debate' about reasons for and against different ID's. I am happy to see a number of different people 'have a go', so that everyone might benefit from the exchange. Surely that is what good educational method is all about.

John Tongue
Ulverstone, Tas.

On 30/01/2008, at 8:07 AM, Greg & Val Clancy wrote:

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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