Mystery owl at Gluepot

To: "'Greg & Val Clancy'" <>, <>
Subject: Mystery owl at Gluepot
From: "Andrew Haffenden" <>
Date: Sun, 20 Dec 2009 22:21:14 -0600
Should have "replied all" when I sent this to Bert (who'd father I spent a
cold but fun day birding with yesterday, Bert also turned up late after a
long flight back from Oz)


"Bert, it's hard without having any sense of size, but the proportions of
the bird - the big head relative to body - suggest boobook, not barking.
Also, the mask is pretty complete, unlike barking where the mask is broken

On another note, I've seen boobook of that color in North Queensland, a fair
way from this one's home I'll admit.





Andrew Haffenden





-----Original Message-----
From: Greg & Val Clancy  
Sent: Sunday, December 20, 2009 8:01 PM
To: Bert Harris; 
Cc: Martin Breed; ;
; Stephen Debus
Subject: Mystery owl at Gluepot


Hi Bert,


I am confident that the owl is a Southern Boobook but it is very unusually 

coloured.  Were both birds similarly coloured?  The white 'eyebrows' are a 

Boobook character.  Barking Owls tend to appear to be staring with large 

yellow eyes.  They also have yellow feet.  The colour of the eyes and feet 

are not clear in your photos but do not appear to be yellow.  The general 

shape is also boobook.






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