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Possum on the Menu – Powerful Owls

Powerful Owl in tree

Powerful Owl

Powerful Owls (Ninox strenua) belong to the hawk owl group whose face is more hawk-like than the broad, rounded face traditionally associated with owls. It is large at 60-65 cm in length and adorned by stripped feathers. This species is an uncommon resident in eucalypt forests from the Dawson River in Queensland […]

Observations from my Study Window

Bearded Dragon lizard stretched out in the shade

Bearded Dragon resting in the shade

My study window with its view of the back yard and its wildlife can be quite a distraction. I often see Hares (up to three at once) and not long ago there was a Fox, large as life and in good condition. Both are surprising in an increasingly […]

A Crested Pigeon with white feathers

Pale Crested Pigeon

Pale Crested Pigeon

Our garden has a number of water bowls for birds and for some years we also put out seed for doves and parrots. Initially we tried seed bells but found the Brush Tail Possums were carting them off overnight. These guys are not put off by people and will eat anything. […]

Kookaburras clay and strange behaviour

Kookaburras excavating clay

Kookaburras excavating clay

September to November is the time when crows in our area develop the Messerschmitt twitch as nesting Kookaburras straff them relentlessly with loud screeching dives. Well screeching is a mild way of describing it as the noise is something that only a Kookaburra at full voice can produce.

The crows sit […]

Channel Bill Cuckoos Brisbane

This morning on the last day of September at 6:00am we were delighted to hear raucous calls announcing the arrival of Channel Bill Cuckoos (Scythrops novaehollandiae) in Brisbane for the summer season. The call is a very loud Kor ork ork ork and they often do this whilst flying at night (sound file link at […]