CAMOUFLAGED KILLERS : Barking Owls aka Murder Birds .
In a secret jungle location on Magnetic Island, these Barking Owls ,part of a family of six , were snapped high up in a tree. A resident called Little Darwin to come and see the birds which have a bad name because they eat baby birds, Curlews a common target at night . However, they are only doing what comes naturally. Much loved Kookaburras also munch babes .
The owls were in a difficult position . Our photographer tottered about on large granite boulders on top of a drop trying to get an unobscured line of vision on the birds, who responded with a friendly bark , which we returned, and a distinctive wise old owl blinking stare. After clambering down into the jungle litter with dangling vines and trees blocking passage , we were told that it was Death Adder country .
KILLER KOALA I AM NOT
A day later , Little Darwin received an urgent telephone call to come quickly to the Queen of the Jungle's house as a Koala was perambulating about the garden . Grabbing the camera , we obeyed the royal command and captured the cute peekaboo Koala up a tree , not of the gum kind .