Sunday, 9 January 2011

Boobook, Oz owl

This little chap above appeared in an East Lothian garden during December's hard weather; detective work kept me busy for a few hours, first establishing it is a Southern Boobook owl, native of Australia (or possibly the related Morepork from NZ, TBC) and then tracing it to a local breeder, whose aviary had been damaged by the snow; not seen again though and I suspect a sad end to the story. [Postscript, I'm informed c/o Pete Morris & James Eaton that it is indeed a Morepork (New Zealand Southern Boobook)]

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