Barking Owl calls

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Subject: Barking Owl calls
From: "Alan Gillanders" <>
Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2013 13:48:18 +1000
Last night I was awake in the early morning and heard a male Barking Owl 
calling. He developed that insistent tone of voice I’ve heard in the females 
when they are after a response. [Before pedants jump on me for not knowing what 
an owl is thinking, this is based on interpretations of observations of 
behaviour where the female has flown to the male and shouted in his ear until 
he did respond] Soon two females replied, conveniently for me one on either 
side of the house. The male stopped almost as soon as they called for about ten 
second sand then commenced calling again. The eastern female responded so 
quickly that she was calling over the second of his syllables while the western 
female dropped the ‘f’ on the end of the first syllable and ran them together 
so it was like ’woowoof’ repeated faster than the normal patter so she was even 
further out of synch than the eastern female. After about 30 seconds of this 
the western female stopped calling and may have left the battle. When this 
happened the others stopped soon afterwards before commencing in a normal 
pattern except that the male was still leading the call.

Other Tablelands notes:-
4 Shovelers and 4 Freckled Duck on Hasties Swamp
6 Bustard on Forsayth Rd (Pratincoles seem to have left)
1 Black Falcon near junction of Marks Lane and Atherton – Kairi Rd
Diamond doves reported from Tinaroo Creek Road


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