Sydney owls

To: "'Cliff Booth'" <>, <>
Subject: Sydney owls
From: Carol Probets <>
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2012 13:25:44 +1000
Yes, if it's a single yap, repeated, it's likely a Sugar Glider (i.e. yap.... yap.....yap....). Barking Owl has a very regular repeated double-yap (wook-wook...... wook-wook.....), the second 'wook' lower in pitch than the first. Hope that helps.


At 1:10 PM +1000 15/6/12, Greg Little wrote:

Might be Sugar Gliders that have a quiet yapping call or sometimes one can
hear Black-winged Stilts yapping while flying overhead at night.

Greg Little

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Cliff Booth
Sent: Friday, 15 June 2012 12:28 PM
Subject: [Birding-Aus] Sydney owls


Last year from my house in McMahon's Point I heard over two nights a yapping
sound intermittently emanating from Balls Head Reserve. The third night the
yapping creature moved to be sitting behind the house but remained elusive.
The sound didn't match my previous experiences of Barking Owls and didn't
match any sounds I was able to download from the internet. Unfortunately I
was out of town the rest of the week and have never heard it again.

I was reminded of this when last week when I was called by a non-birding
friend of mine who lives behind Manly Dam who said he had just seen a
Barking Owl(according to what he'd seen in his bird book) sitting on his
lawn. The following night he heard a yapping sound 'like a small dog'..a
sound that he hadn't heard before.

Any comments?

Cliff Booth


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