Uncommon stranger turning up yesterday in Tyto was this large Eastern Barn Owl (Tyto javanica), my first daytime sighting of the species in eight years in the wetlands. Moved on a couple of times before sitting in a paperbark for several minutes. Not keen on me getting too close. And no sign of the bird today.
Just down the highway and no uncommon stranger, this maturing Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus) has taken to haunting a big roadside spoon drain, ignoring passing traffic, yet seldom allowing cameras this close. Must have memories of past feasts though rich pickings lately would seem unlikely as area dries out.
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