FW: Owl photos from Cairns area

To: "Nikolas Haass" <>, "Richard Nowotny" <>, "Birding Aus" <>
Subject: FW: Owl photos from Cairns area
From: "Greg & Val Clancy" <>
Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2010 17:17:56 +1100
I agree with Nikolas that the two birds in the photos are Eastern Barn Owls. I have studied the Tyto owls, mostly as roadkills, and prepared a key to the owls of Australia. The unfeathered lower legs and the colouration and the black and white spots on the upperparts fit the Barn Owl. The legs of the Hasties Swamp bird are too short for a Grass Owl and the upperparts are too pale. The spots on a Grass Owl show only as white and not black and white. All photos are a little dark and therefore suggest that the birds are darker than they really are. If you brighten the pictures you will see that they have the typical Barn Owl colouration and markings.

If anyone wants a copy of my owl key I can email it to them.


Greg Clancy
Coutts Crossing NSW

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