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Morepork


Morepork
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Copyright: jim stevens (jimbob) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 125] (427)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-03-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm DX, HOYA 72mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-03-30 20:16
Viewed: 5056
Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The morepork is one of a number of native species that have to some extent, at least, adapted themselves to environments that have been greatly changed since settlement. Predominantly birds of the native forests, they may now frequent some city parks and even exotic pine forests. Though usually active only when dusk has fallen or before daylight, moreporks may sometimes appear in the forest during the day and then run the risk of being noisily mobbed by any songbirds in the vicinity. In colour a rich spotted or streaky brown, moreporks have a brown face and golden eyes, though the latter are seen only at their best in bright light when the pupil is fully contracted. Food is mainly insects, but bats, small birds, and even rats, mice, and lizards will be taken when opportunity permits. Undigested material is disgorged in the form of pellets. In common with other owls, moreporks have excellent and accurate hearing and an almost silent flight.
Thanks to:Gordon Roy Williams, B.SC.(HONS.)(SYDNEY), Lecturer in Agricultural Zoology, Lincoln Agricultural College.


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