Hi Chris, Frank,
Our local (Chatswood NSW) Powerful Owls are seen holding Brushtails from time
to time but Ringtails are their staple.
Judging by the quantity of jaw bones in their pellets they eat a lot of possum
Over the past 10 years of observing them at their day roosts & nest hollows I
have never found a possum head, & only occasionally a small bit such as a foot.
On 25 Jun 2014, at 8:40 pm, Chris Corben <> wrote:
> Hi Frank
> Just a niggle - although Greater Gliders look big, they are all fluff! I
> would think if you are talking about adult possums, taking a Brushtail would
> be a much more difficult and dangerous task for a Powerful Owl than taking a
> Greater Glider or Ringtail.
> Cheers, Chris.
> On 06/24/2014 11:45 PM, Frank O'Connor wrote:
>> From your email address, I think you are at Charles Sturt University, but
>> they have a lot of campuses (Sydney, Wagga, Bathurst, ....).
>> Powerful Owls can take Greater Gliders, so they would definitely be able to
>> take a possum. I have seen them roosting near Melbourne with half a glider
>> (presumably ready to take to the female at dusk). Of course, it may not be
>> a bird ....
>> Frank O'Connor Birding WA
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