On my walk this morning …

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)

looking east, gums and poplars
Looking East

 

looking North, houses, elm, road
Looking North

 

looking South, trees, paddocks
Looking South

 

And, turning West, I decided it wasn’t such a good idea since you mostly get the back of the hay shed, but …

looking West, the back of a hayshed, house, elm, stockyards
Looking West

 

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.

 

pair of owls
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.    🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

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16 Comments Add yours

  1. sue says:

    Love your NEWS views (sorry, couldn’t help myself). Wonderful shot of the owls. Don’t be cross with them, they can’t light a match to cook their dinner.

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    1. ChristineR says:

      LOL. I did wonder the other day how come we aren’t overrun with possums. We get two visit overnight. They have gone quiet lately, and I did find an owl feather out front recently. I LOVE THEM!!!

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  2. Olga says:

    Interesting idea to capture all directions. I might try that one day when the snow disappears and I can get out in nature. 🙂

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    1. ChristineR says:

      I was going to say “Go on Olga, be brave. I love seeing snowy pictures!” but then I thought of floundering in snow drifts and catching pneumonia. Wait for better weather!

      You could take pictures out four windows?

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      1. Olga says:

        The snow banks here are unbelievably huge, so I’m glad you reconsidered your challenge. Ha ha! My four windows would not be of interest to my creative eye. Sometime in the future, I will remember.

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  3. Amazing pictures as always. I didn’t look too close at what the owl had. Ignorance IS bliss. 😀 😀 😀

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    1. ChristineR says:

      Yeah, well, I didn’t even notice it at first. 🙂

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      1. 😀 😀 😀 How did you notice, then?

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        1. ChristineR says:

          I thought they had a dead baby owl at first. 😮 Then, when I was cropping and admiring how I accidentally got the light shining off eyes and stuff I saw the dangly bit. It was a grey and white bird by the few feathers and other grisly bits lying on the ground this morning! Phew, wondered if it was a kitten even though I was sure I could see bird feet.

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  4. skybright1 says:

    i liked the South picture best, not sure why, maybe the unimpeded flow of it all. You can keep the owls close ups! But they’re only doing what they need to do to eat. We’re {perhaps?} a bit more civilised about it.

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    1. ChristineR says:

      I’m so glad I made the decision not to just whack the owls grisly prey in front of you without warning. I hadn’t known they ate possums – I suppose I imagined them grabbing mice and rats. They’re gotta eat!

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    2. ChristineR says:

      The South one has a blue tinge, makes it look cold. I love the open fields, too.

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  5. Janice says:

    Fantastic encounter with owls — thanks for the squeamish warning — maybe I ‘ll check the full shot another time I drop by,

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    1. ChristineR says:

      Thanks for calling in Janice.

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