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