The Owl and the Dragon

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Subject: The Owl and the Dragon
From: "Alan Gillanders" <>
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2010 10:05:24 +1000
Last night while mammal spotting we heard Tyto owls making a racket. I thought 
they were Lesser Sooty but as it was the general hissing that they carry on 
with I was not sure. When approaching the source of the noise I heard a soft 
call from behind us and turned to find a Lesser Sooty Owl with a Boyd's Forest 
Dragon. The noisy bird come over and while I first thought it was a juvenile I 
now think it may have been a female and what we witnessed was mate feeding. She 
put on a great display, screaming and hissing with her wings out and around; 
like a cross between a sunbittern and a riflebird. The exchange of the dragon 
occurred in a dense tree so we did not witness that. She flew across the road 
with her trophy and continued to scream until I demonstrated the 'falling bomb' 
call for my guests. As we were watching a Lumholtz's Tree-Kangaroo at the time 
the owls interrupted, we stayed around and the hissing restarted after about 
3-5 minutes. Neither owl was visible though the noisy one was no more than 15 
metres away unless she moved ever time I did.

Alan Gillanders

Alan's Wildlife Tours
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