Young Owl

Those at the vet clinic said it was an owl, but was it? Bird lovers out there please let me know.

This afternoon we found a small owl with large orange eyes. It sat on a rock in our front garden underneath a rose bush. When we came closer, it did not move and we were afraid that the young bird was injured and could not fly. So we put it in a large carton box and brought it to the closest vet clinic.

Well, at last the poor owl is in good hands now, as they are going to look after it until it is strong enough to let it go. They are going to release it back in our street, as owls are territorial birds… it has to go back where it is found. Maybe they are nesting inside a hollow trunk in one of some large gum trees across the street.

Wow, never thought that we have owls live in our suburb:) It has the most beautiful orange eyes! I am not sure what kind of owl it is. But the orange eyes tell us that more than likely it is crepuscular which is active around dawn and dusk. Owls with dark brown and black eyes are nocturnal where they hunt at night and the yellow eyes indicate that they are diurnal, and prefer to hunt during the day.

Baby Owl in our garden

Baby Owl


July 16, 2017: Was It Really an Owl ?

At first, we had no idea what it was, until the people at the vet clinic said that it was actually an owl. We did not ask what kind of owl, but could it be a Southern Boobook? Or could it be a Tawny Frogmouth? Though tawny frogmouths are not owls, but the look and other characteristics are similar to owls and very often people misidentify them as owls. The one that we found in our garden was still young and perhaps it still had down feathers (white and black).

Images of Southern Boobook (left) and Tawny Frogmouth birds (right) from Wikipedia:

Southern Boobook and Tawny Frogmouth - Images from Wikipedia

It Was Not an Owl !

Shannon Skinner gave me a comment that it could be a White-tailed Kite. After I googled for information, there is a big possibility that it could be a White-tailed Kite which is also known as Black-shouldered Kite in Australia??? The black and white colour feather and orange eyes matched with the one we found. The image of Black-shouldered Kite below is from Wikipedia:

Black Shouldered Kite.jpg