Boobook owl family thriving on Norfolk Island

Female boobook nesting on Norfolk Island

Female boobook nesting on Norfolk Island

Our new boobook owl family continue to pique our curiosity with their daytime antics on Norfolk Island.

I was smacked in the head three times by the female when I first approached her nest to see how the family were getting on.  It was quite a disturbing experience because as soon as I took my eyes off her she would attack – sweeping in with surprising speed and silence. After her third swoop I was ready to admit what an exceptional predator she is!

The story of the birds’ activity has renewed a lot of interest in them and their conservation story, both on Norfolk and elsewhere and we’ve received a number of emails from New Zealand and Australia offering advice and assistance.

We’re now working out the best ways to find out more about the family – with minimal disturbance to the owls!

Vanessa, Norfolk Island National Park

 

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