Masked Owls on posts?

Subject: Masked Owls on posts?
From: Tom Tarrant <>
Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2014 16:12:20 +1000
Was driving to work this morning (before dawn) and passed a 'tyto' owl
on a roadside guide-post, hurriedly turned around and got a brief look
at the bird before it flew off. It seemed rather-large for a Barn Owl,
the upperparts seemed rather dark in the headlights and I'm sure that
the underparts were not white but a light-brownish. I also noted that
it's legs seemed stout and not 'splindly' as a Barn
Owl which are fairly common in the area. Grass Owls can also be seen
reasonably close to this site but I feel fairly confident that it
wasn't this species.
The question I would like to ask is, has anyone ever seen a 'definite'
Masked Owl perched on a roadside guide-post or are they a strictly
woodland bird in SE Australia?

Any info appreciated,

Tom Tarrant
Kobble Creek, Qld

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