The December 2020 edition of Boobook newsletter (Volume 38, issue 2) has been released to the inboxes of all paid-up members. BARG have aligned  with Birdlife Australia’s position that newsletters should be delivered electronically. Members can still indicate they want a paper copy at the time of joining or renewing, or print the newsletter out from home.

The latest edition of Boobook newsletter includes a wide array of raptor topics, such as:

Queensland area report including rehabilitation outcomes at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital and Powerful Owl monitoring project in south-east Queensland.

Northern NSW area report including latest outcomes of a monitoring project on 30 Osprey nest sites.

Fascinating discussion by Nick Mooney on the possible behavioural reasons for a pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles attacking a large calf in Tasmania.

Discussion by Stephen Debus on Australasian owl relationships, including the need for more work on classifying the various Boobook and Tyto taxa and the need for investigation and conservation action on the endemic owls of tropical Australasian islands.

Several interesting field notes:

  • Peregrine Falcons attacking flocks of Starling in Tasmania
  • A Rufous Owl undertaking possible anting or sun basking behaviour in Darwin, NT
  • Australian Hobbies and Pied Butcherbirds jointly hunting House Sparrows in NSW; and
  • A Collared Sparrowhawk being taken by a Centralian Carpet Python in Watarrka National Park, NT.

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Previous editions of Boobook can be downloaded by clicking on the link of our BirdLife Australia page.

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