Photo: Brendan Sheean says powerful owls were classified as apex predators and mainly hunted tree-dwelling mammals. (ABC News: Adrienne Francis)
Bird enthusiasts are in a flutter after a rare sighting of Australia’s largest owl, the powerful owl, spotted devouring ringtail possums and sulphur-crested cockatoos in a suburban Canberra park.
The owl has taken up long-term residence in Haig Park near the CBD, and bird watchers from across the country and even overseas have flocked to catch a glimpse of it.
“It is classified as an apex predator, so what they will do is hunt a variety of food, mainly tree-dwelling mammals,” National Zoo and Aquarium senior keeper Brendan Sheean said.
Photo: Brendan Sheean said powerful owls were classified as apex predators and mainly hunted tree-dwelling mammals. (ABC News: Adrienne Francis)
Canberra Ornithologists Group (COG) member Terry Bell said the big predator had been caught on camera devouring sugar gliders and feathery cousins, like Canberra’s emblem bird the gang-gang cockatoo.
Source: Bird enthusiasts flock to see Australia’s largest owl devour ringtail possums, sulphur-crested cockatoos in suburban Canberra park – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
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Birds are warm blooded animals, which means that they maintain their body temperature independent of the environment.
However, quite often their tiny size forces them to adapt, and even work together, when it gets cold outside.
“They huddle together in such roosts for warmth, the most dominant birds taking the center positions, forcing the immature and more subordinate to the edges where they are at the mercy of the elements.”
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Traffic cameras don’t generally take interesting photographs, but sometimes they get lucky.
Such was the case in January, when Transport Quebec’s traffic camera snapped several pictures of an owl mid-flight.
The photos of the majestic bird’s flyby were taken right by highway 40 in Montreal, Canada.
Quebec transport minister Robert Poëti tweeted the pictures.