It began as usual, early. The dog and I walked as far as we could go to our right after leaving home – not far. I decided to take a photo in all four directions from that spot. The directions are approximate. (Nokia Lumia 530 windows phone)
And, turning West, I decided it wasn’t such a good idea since you mostly get the back of the hay shed, but …
Now, I know you know that there is an owl in this walk – presuming you see the Featured Image at the beginning of the post. Three-quarters along the service road is a large oak tree and the birds were pretty active else I would never have noticed the pair of owls.
A crow was cawing, magpies warbling and the pair of lorikeets were chitter chatting raucously in a nearby flowering gum tree. And there they were – a pair of owls! To say I was astonished would be an understatement.
Australia’s largest owl – the Powerful Owl
Lucky for me they were still there when I finished walking Vika. I grabbed the Nikon D3000 and returned. Glad I don’t have to show you the grainy phone pictures I took.
If you are not squeamish, do follow this link to a page with the full photos.
The owl on the right is holding something quite dead. That was okay until I noticed giblets hanging. Yuk. Okay, but could that be head dangling! Yukky yuk. So, your choice!
Birdlife Australia says …
… Its main item of prey is possums of various species… They roost by day, perched in the dense shade of a tree, often with the previous night’s prey held in its talons; this is when Powerful Owls are seen most often…
Well, there you go, then. Not a strange sight at all. I would never have noticed them if other birds were not so active nearby.
Powerful Owl, with Prey
Have a good day. 🙂