Category Archives: Owl

Juvenile Powerful Owl with two adults

Today I went back to a spot in the bush where I’ve seen a Powerful Owl a few times. This time, there were three owls, one of them a juvenile: white and fluffy, with dark patches around its eyes. It heard me, and checked me out:

Powerful Owl juvenile

It’s hard to get a good day’s sleep when you’re an owl. Listen to all the noise they have to put up with from the other birds:

Here’s a still photo of the three owls:

Three Powerful Owls

And here’s a rear view of the juvenile:

Powerful Owl juvenile

Common name: Powerful Owl

Scientific name: Ninox strenua

Approximate length: 65 cm

Date spotted: 6 October 2014

Season: Spring

Location: Manly Dam National Park, New South Wales, Australia

Latitude/longitude: 33°46’51.0″S 151°14’52.1″E

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Powerful Owl and its dinner

A few weeks ago I spotted a Powerful Owl roosting high on a branch in Manly Dam Reserve. (Blogged.) I’ve seen the bird in exactly the same spot a couple of times since then.

The owl was there again today, so I snapped a few shots. Only when I looked at the photos on my computer did I spot the poor little possum (already demised) that is grasped in the owl’s claws.

Powerful Owl

Common name: Powerful Owl

Scientific name: Ninox strenua

Approximate length: 65 cm

Date spotted: 14 September 2014

Season: Spring

Location: Manly Dam National Park, New South Wales, Australia

Approximate latitude/longitude: 33°46’50.2″S 151°14’54.5″E

Powerful Owl roosting

While walking through the bush this morning, I spotted some tell-tale white splatters on the ferns lining the path. I looked up into the trees, and sure enough there was a Powerful Owl high above my head.

The zoom in this short video shows how high up the owl was. You’ll also hear the kookaburras laughing and a couple of cockatoos scolding. The owl doesn’t do much except swivel its head.

Here’s a still shot of the owl gazing into the distance:

Powerful Owl roosting

Spotted!

Powerful Owl roosting

Still watching…

Powerful Owl roosting

Dozing:

Powerful Owl roosting

A view from the front:

Powerful Owl roosting

And the view of the owl without my camera’s super zoom:

Powerful Owl roosting

Common name: Powerful Owl

Scientific name: Ninox strenua

Approximate length: 65 cm

Date spotted: 27 July 2014

Season: Winter

Location: Manly Dam National Park, New South Wales, Australia

Approximate latitude/longitude: 33°46’50.2″S 151°14’54.5″E