Powerful Owl Tawny Frogmouths, Sydney Botanic Gardens

To: "'Jill & Sue'" <>
Subject: Powerful Owl Tawny Frogmouths, Sydney Botanic Gardens
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2011 17:18:16 +1000
Yes a curious question and surely has been asked before. Maybe they like
their food a little bit aged and nit completely fresh. The idea of
signalling has been suggested but who is that addressed to? Presumably
their partners but what message does that convey during the day when the
birds don't usually move, that would not be conveyed easier during the

By the way Powerful Owl surely will also eat Tawny Frogmouths. 


-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Jill & Sue
Sent: Tuesday, 19 July 2011 1:42 PM
Subject: Powerful Owl Tawny Frogmouths, Sydney Botanic

Yesterday, thanks to a very helpful chap who works in the office at the
Royal Botanic Gardens we saw the Powerful Owl in what we understand to
be the tree it's often seen in near Government House and a pair of Tawny
Frogmouths in a palm-type tree on the slope not far below it.  One
question:  The owl was holding what looked like a large rat in its
talons, on other occasions it's been reported with a ringtail possum.
Other Powerful Owl reports mention perched birds also holding prey
during daylight hours.  Why don't they consume it when they catch it?
Why do they hold it  apparently throughout the day before consuming it?

Jill & Sue

Jill Rossiter & Sue Casson

PO Box 17 HORNSBY NSW 1630
02 9487 2496 
Mobiles: 0409 578320(Jill); 0417 578320(Sue)


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