Eastern Grass Owl-Moura-Qld

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Subject: Eastern Grass Owl-Moura-Qld
From: Tony Eales <>
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2008 20:00:25 +0000
Hi All,
Had a good sighting on the 18th of June. My job has me out in paddocks walking 
transects across the countryside which is great for birdwatching and flushing 
quails however this Wednesday I had two owls flush from the long grass in front 
of me. After admiring them flying around in a manner suggesting they didn't 
wish to go far I moved up to where they had flushed from and found another 
hiding in the grass. I presume this was their chick but it looked fully fledged 
and quite capable of flying off if it wished. I took a few snaps only one of 
which wasn't so obscured by grass as to be useless. It can be found here
Ten minutes later, still pumped with adrenaline from the sighting, I was 
charged by a bull. Perhaps this was punishment for disturbing these fantastic 
birds. I don't feel I can give precise location details as this was private 
property that I had access to through my work however generally it was 4km east 
of Moura along the Banana-Mungi Road. Locals around Moura say there are a lot 
of mice around of late and the winter has been to mild to get rid of them. I 
guess this is why these owls were breeding at this time of year. Is this 

Cheers Tony

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