Most of those things are hard to find during the day, though, so I’ve been happy to see the same Barking Owl twice this week during fairy-wren surveys along the north end of Annie Creek. It probably wasn’t quite as happy to see me, since I flushed it from its nap, but there you have it. Even got a photo to prove it.
I have now managed to see almost all the nocturnal birds around here on day roosts. Spend enough time outside, and you’ll flush them from hiding: Spotted Nightjar, Australian Owlet-Nightjar, Tawny Frogmouth, Southern Boobook, and Barking Owl. The only night bird I haven’t yet seen in daylight is the stone-curlew; they must hide exceedingly well, since they’re common enough on the roads after dark.
Man, yet another post. You’re on a roll!
Does having tourists at Mannington change your diet? Or are you still ordering food from afar?
Hey Pat – I still order food from afar. It joins a massive food order placed from our restaurant, brought in on a truck once every two weeks. Fresh veggies are like Christmas!
My husband and I saw our stone curlews in the morning hours at a cemetery in Cairns in 1998. Gave a whole new meaning to “stone” curlews! Would love to see all those owls and nightjars!