One night at my place in the bush near Bellingen in northern NSW I heard a
similar call to the one you describe. I transcribed it as yee-o, yee-o,
yee-o - rich, swelling and powerful, delivered by (I found it with a
spotlight) a Boobook owl. The sound was COMPLETELY different from the usual
Boobook call. This was in autumn - March or April - and my guess is that
the bird was a migrant: Boobooks are generally absent from the bush where I
live, much rarer than Powerfuls, Maskeds or Sootys. Perhaps the call you
heard was also a Boobook?
On 4 April 2013 12:00, <> wrote:
> Dear all,
> Excuse my ignorance on matters nocturnal. Last night about 11pm a series
> of 1 then 3 very loud ringing hoots - perhaps more like' hyoo' than the
> hoots of the Powerful Owl on the Morcombe soundtrack.
> We live in the country (Fish Creek, Vic) amid lowland woodland mosaic with
> pasture - not what I think of as N. strenua territory even though they are
> of course in range.
> I just didn't sound like the Morcombe hoots (though much more like the
> female than the male).
> I can't think however what it would have been. Any ideas?
> Pat O'Malley
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