D'Aguilar National Park - 13 August 2011

August 13, 2011

For some time I had been meaning to go searching for Sooty Owls in the forests of D'Aguilar National Park, only an hour's drive west from downtown Brisbane. On Saturday, 13th August, I finally got the chance, and struck gold!


For some time I had been meaning to go searching for Sooty Owls in the forests of D'Aguilar National Park, only an hour's drive west from downtown Brisbane. On Saturday, 13th August, I finally got the chance, and struck gold!

After trying without success at the well-known Brown's Rd site at Maiala, near Mt Glorious, I moved on to Manorina Rest Area, near Mt Nebo. Within seconds of playing a tape of the owl's descending screaming call, an enormous black shape swooped over my head, apparently landing only metres away. I hadn't expected the bird to come in so close or so quickly, and actually thought perhaps it was a flying-fox. I scrambled to get the spotlight out, and was elated to find an enormous Sooty Owl staring back at me.

It posed for a few minutes before flying up into a nearby tree. It spent the next 15 minutes resting, and occasionally watching me standing below, in a fit of excitement trying to take as many photos as I could. In the end I left the bird sitting there in the tree, and moved on to Boombana, another rest area a few minutes further down the range. Here I taped in another Sooty Owl that was not as photogenic as the first, but completed a very successful night.

Wildlife

Land Birds 1 species
Sooty Owl (Tyto tenebricosa) 2

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Nick Leseberg

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