Ninox boobook aka Boobook Owl, Southern Boobook, Strix boobook, Athene marmorata
Kensington Park garden – February 2nd, 2014 – laying over in garden trees during heat wave
Photos: Adam Dutkiewicz
Text: Adam Dutkiewicz (Edited by Michal Dutkiewicz)
I photographed this juvenile Boobook in my garden during an extended heatwave in January 2014. There were weeks and weeks of over 40 degrees C temperature, as I recall it, and it resided in my front yard for several weeks, on and off. This possibly may have been because it was a young bird and wasn’t capable of long migrations in that heat. My garden always has multiple bird baths with fresh or reasonably fresh water and a good supply of rodents and skinks! Interestingly, my blue-tongue would only appear when the bird was not around! – Boobooks make a distinctive, soft, mellifluous, haunting “moop moop’ sound, with the first sound slightly higher (?) than the second. Very pretty birds.