A Young Boobook Checks In For An Extended Layover During Last Summer’s Heat Wave

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Ninox boobook aka Boobook Owl, Southern Boobook, Strix boobook, Athene marmorata
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Strigiformes
Family: Strigidae
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.

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