Photo of the week – Powerful Owl

A Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua) at its day roost in the Dry Creek Native Forest Reserve. This bird was seen halfway up a Blackwood tree while mapping vegetation communities near one of the Heath Mouse sites in Caroline Forest. The prey in its talons is a Common Ringtail Possum, one of their most common food sources. Sugar gliders also beware!! Its that time of year when they are getting ready to nest, so keep an ear out for their loud hoot (woo-hoo!!) at dusk, anywhere in Caroline Forest, Mt Burr Range or near Naracoorte Caves and Glenroy Conservation Parks in the South East, or throughout the forests of the far South West.