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Silent dignity

Powerful owl (Ninox strenua), Wollstonecraft, inner suburban Sydney.

This guy was large, about 60cm high by my estimate.

 

I was walking home from dinner at a restaurant up the street tonight, and just around the corner from home we spotted this guy sitting on the overhead wires. I raced home to get my camera and ran back, and he was still sitting there! I took about 30 shots, and he just sat there patiently staring at me, with me flashing my light in his face. Then I looked down to my camera to modify some of the settings, looked back up, and he'd gone, so silently I hadn't noticed.

 

I knew there were owls around the Sydney area, but I've never seen one in the city itself before.

 

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Taken on June 14, 2008