Great end to year

To: "Birding-aus" <>
Subject: Great end to year
From: "Greg and Val Clancy" <>
Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2012 21:14:03 +1100
The call of the Southern Boobook is a common sound at our home at Coutts 
Crossing, north coast NSW, especially in the warmer months but the sight of an 
adult roosting in a paperbark in our backyard is a more recent phenomenon.  One 
adult has been present on most days for a fortnight or so trying to sleep 
through the almost incessant noisy mobbing by the local Blue-faced Honeyeaters, 
Noisy Miners, Little and Noisy Friarbirds, Grey Butcherbirds, Magpie-larks and 
the occasional Satin Bowerbird.  The last day of 2012 saw two adults roosting 
in different parts of the same Weeping Paperbark, a threatened species.  I had 
seen two Boobooks in silhouette flying around our large Forest Red Gum in the 
backyard last night and today while pulling out some very aggressive 
Bromeliad-like weeds I was distracted by the ‘noisy mob’ attacking something 
else.  It was a very young Boobook in a Forest Red Gum behind out property.  I 
ran for the spotting scope and mounted the camera and was able to get some 
passable shots.  Then a second juvenile flew to the same branch.  I fired off 
some more photos and I am now keen to have a closer look at them as they looked 
quite good as I downloaded them.

A great way to end 2012.

Have a great New Year
Dr Greg. P. Clancy
Ecologist and Birding-wildlife Guide
PO Box 63 Coutts Crossing NSW 2460
0266493153 0429601960

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