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Aug 16, 2018 07:31 as a reply to  @ post 18685138 |  #166

Lame-Duck wrote in post #18684845 (external link)
That Rebecca, quite frankly, is one of the best owl in flight shots I've ever seen. It is seriously an amazing shot.


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That is lovely.


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Really beautiful. Incredible detail.
He/she sure is focussed.

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Aug 18, 2018 14:16 |  #167

a couple from this last week
barn owl:

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northern spotted owl starting to grow up:

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Aug 22, 2018 17:18 |  #168

DreDaze wrote in post #18686818 (external link)
a couple from this last week
barn owl:

Oh man I would love to see a Northern Spotted Owl!
they are all but extinct up here. very few, if any at all left in British Columbia :-(


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Aug 22, 2018 18:43 |  #169

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Oh man I would love to see a Northern Spotted Owl!
they are all but extinct up here. very few, if any at all left in British Columbia :-(

yeah, they do pretty well where i am at, just north of san francisco...i did make it a goal to see one this year, i found two families with 2 young each...and i didn't even search out all the other trails that i had researched to find them initially...so if you're ever in the SF bay area, let me know, i'll tell you some trails to hit up


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Aug 22, 2018 20:10 |  #170

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Aug 26, 2018 04:59 |  #171

I have been following 3 breeding pairs of Powerful owls recently. Currently there are 4 chicks that have fledged.
This chick belongs to a one-eyed male and it's great to see him not only surviving but successfully breeding. Even better to see a fledged chick as last year a Kookaburra killed the only chick as it was getting ready to fledge.

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Sad though that the 2nd chick did not make it. On the night the above chick fledged it emerged from the hollow about 50 minutes later than usual. It exited the hollow, gave me a quick look then started it's journey up the trunk of the tree.
As it was moving away from the hollow it was also getting further away from me, trilling constantly and I could detect that the trilling was becoming fain and no other trilling or wing flapping heard from within the hollow.
At that point I thought almost certainly something had happened to the other chick. I really wanted to find out what had happened but was cautious in case the other chick was sick or injured and may still fledge a little later.
After a week, no further indications of life from the hollow and the parents not visiting the hollow it was time to find out.

Conveniently the hollow is just the right height for a 6.5 metre extension ladder so I bought one and put it to use.
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No surprise that this is what I saw (mobile phone pic)
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After retrieving the corpse I thought it was worthwhile getting a better photo of the hollow so took my Fuji X100S up.
The remains of Rainbow lorikeets and Sulphur crested cockatoos (feathers) and fur (Possums) reveals some of the chick's diet (although already known)
Bitter sweet, finding the dead chick but great to actually be able to see inside the hollow. To the top right there is a second 'chamber' making the hollow ideal for the chicks, somewhere to get out of the rain.
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So in future when I am observing I know this is what it's like inside the hollow. Question mark indicates I don't know how far the 2nd chamber extends.
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The dead chick has been weighed (900 grams) and measured and will be sent to the Australian Museum. Hopefully they may be able to determine a cause of death.
As a Kookaburra killed the only chick last year obviously that is a suspicion. Powerful owl chicks are also susceptible to a lung disease which is common and usually fatal.
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Aug 26, 2018 05:13 |  #172

Choderboy wrote in post #18692902 (external link)

Thanks Dave. All very interesting
Beautiful baby owl.
A tale of highs and lows, in more ways than one.
Interesting seeing the hollow and the nest.
Bit ironic to hear the owls diet when it is also on the menu of a similar sized bird (I imagine).

I see there's a transmission line behind. Hopefully they keep away from that.

Heck of a long ladder.



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Aug 26, 2018 05:58 as a reply to  @ avondale87's post |  #173

They have virtually no predators. Some very rare cases of Wedge-tailed eagles reported but rare enough to discount.
Several birds will attack but that's about protecting their own nests / young.
Those power lines are a concern.


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Aug 30, 2018 05:37 |  #174

If only (that twig across the owlet's face!)
Mum and the owlets. Dad on his own, nearby.


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Aug 30, 2018 05:41 |  #175

Glad to find this owlet, mum watching over it. This is the sibling of the owlet found dead inside the hollow.


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Aug 30, 2018 07:14 |  #176

Choderboy wrote in post #18696368 (external link)
If only (that twig across the owlet's face!)
Mum and the owlets. Dad on his own, nearby.

Choderboy wrote in post #18696371 (external link)
Glad to find this owlet, mum watching over it. This is the sibling of the owlet found dead inside the hollow

These really are lovely owls and beautifully photographed - twig and all - yes frustrating for you I guess.
I see Dad has blood on his pinafore. Left over lunch?



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Aug 31, 2018 06:00 as a reply to  @ avondale87's post |  #177

Thanks Richard. It was probably Dad who caught the Possum. He would remove the head immediately, which he would eat and gut the Possum so often show signs of that.


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Sep 02, 2018 00:41 |  #178

spotted owl from last night...taken in near total darkness...bit of experimentation just to see if i could get anything decent out of the situation...

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Sep 02, 2018 05:28 as a reply to  @ Choderboy's post |  #179

You're so lucky having three families in your area. Great shots, all of them. We had one take up residence for about 14 months or so and it was big news in the area, as they are not very common here at all. I got a few pretty shabby photos of "him", but he was favouring pine trees and very high up. Next time I come up to Sydney, I might have to give you a shout out if you don't mind showing me where they are? I love the POwls.




  
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