Port Franklin is a small fishing village on a mangrove fringed tidal creek, which runs into Corner Inlet. On a walking trail here, one of the BirdLife East Gippsland Autumn camp members spotted a Southern Boobook owl roosting in a dense melaleuca thicket.
The Boobook, Ninox boobook race boobook, (one of four races in Australia) sat quietly while we all had a very close look and some photos were taken.
My lens at 420mm was way too long for such a close shot and there was no position where a fully clear view could be obtained, so I settled for some partly obscured head and shoulder portraits.
I guess a Photoshop wizard could improve on the images given enough time on the computer. I thought some of the images were worth a post “warts and all”, they certainly capture the owl's beautiful large eyes and facial features.
|The upper eye lid appears to have eye lashes but not the lower?|
|Even though it was an overcast day it still seemed quite bright so I am surprised how dilated the owl's pupils are!|
|The "wise owl" look!|