Little Owl Eastbourne Wellington

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kengeorge
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Re: Little Owl Eastbourne Wellington

Postby kengeorge » Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:27 am

Have not heard the little owl call again, but hear the local morepork most nights so the earlier call must have been that, my mistake. It's been fascinating observing the large flock of sparrows in the backyard around the feeder, not had that opportunity before. "Flock sparrow" is a different creature from "individual sparrow" or those in small groups (less than a dozen). Must be an evolutionary adaptation that's developed -big flocks obviously more visible, noisier and attract predator attention more readily than a small group foraging on the ground. The vocal interaction is different too, the 'churring' chatter (which the backyard tui has learned to mimic) seems to only occur when the sparrows get over a critical mass (40-50 individuals).
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kengeorge
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Re: Little Owl Eastbourne Wellington

Postby kengeorge » Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:35 am

Recording of the backyard tui with the 'chatter' element in the song sequence. Muritai Rd traffic noise in background.

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Re: Little Owl Eastbourne Wellington

Postby andrewcrossland » Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:51 pm

I was up in Wellington last week so went for a spot of Little Owl searching - found this guy on an innocuous perch at Te Papa. He didn't blink once over the ten minutes I was watching him and posed for a few quick photos........

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