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Friday, October 13, 2017

POWERFUL OWL, ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

   This owl was in a tree being actively badgered by two or three currawongs.  We believe the owl was probably close to the currawongs' nest and they were trying to get it to fly away.  We watched this for about 20 minutes and the owl did not go away.
   We can ID this owl as a Powerful Owl by its large size, upperparts dark (couldn't determine color) mottled and barred with whitish, underparts white and barred darker, tail barred white, and large yellow eyes.  The lighting in the tree was very poor so it was difficult to determine co,irs.
   The Powerful Owl is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 611.