Time-lapse of Barn owls at Bibra Lake

The City of Cockburn has installed several of my possum and owl nesting boxes at Bibra Lake. In front of one possum box I set up a remote trail camera. Now, I didn’t capture any possums, but a pair of Barn owls decided to check it out. The poor devils are so desperate for homes they’ll settle for just about anything. As the time-lapse images show both feral and native birds show an interest in the box. They all know the owls are in there and make all sorts of fuss to try and drive it away. They also know that come darkness, the owls are kings, and they could be the next take-away meal.

Another interesting observation is by watching the time stamp at the top left of the images you can see when the owls leave to start their hunting and returning to the box. Even though the cameras have covert infra-red LEDS and they can’t see the light but they can hear the mechanism clicking away taking multiple shots.

This goes to show that installing a large enough nesting box in your property could attract these types of magnificent birds. Of course, for a Barn owl you want have some mixed areas of bushland close by. They tend to fly over, slow and low, hunting for rats.



7 thoughts on “Time-lapse of Barn owls at Bibra Lake

  1. Fantastic – we live down the road and I think we might have a pair nesting in our nest boxes as well. Very good photography. Nice set up. A barn owl landed on our window sill tonight and only moved off when the dog started barking. We also have a southern boobook owl that used to come around every night for years and years until two large jarrah trees were cut down nearby.

    • Yes, it proves that if you install nesting boxes the animals will come. If you dare to venture down to Bibra Lake just after dark the Barn owls start peering out of their boxes. Of course when they fly you can’t hear their wings flapping, so when they start screeching above your head one will almost wet one’s pants.
      A memorable experience.

  2. Further to my post about the barn owl that arrived at our place at Bibra Lake last night. At 11am this morning (Wednesday 12June) s/he was being chased from his hiding place by about 30 crows, a number of magpies and later by a family of butcher birds. They had him cornered in a Marri and were trying to peck his eyes out when I came out to find out why the crows were calling loudly in an aggressive manner. The barn owl took to the skies with 30 crows after him and landed in a couple of tall marri’s before finding refuge in a marri on the Forrest Road verge.

    I’d just like to say that nest boxes have to go up all over Bibra Lake for birds that manage to fledge successfully. I think this owl was a young one who didn’t have a nest to hide in during the day.

    I have seen this before with the crows crucifying any new birds, particularly frogmouths and brown owls. This is the first time I have seen it happen to a barn owl. Very sad.

    Do you think he would like to live in the shed during the day?

    • The barn owls will move into sheds as long as nobody disturbs them.
      The crows and most other birds hate all owls because they know that when it’s dark they could be on the menu.

      • Hi Joe This is so sad. The barn owl kept the crows, butchers and magpies at bay to 4pm and by 5, the birds had left the tree. So he is probably still alive and will look for a safe refuge tonight. The battery was kept up for at least 5 hours. I’ll have a look and see if I can see a wounded bird tomorrow.

        Here he is flying from one tree to another trying to get away from the hawking crows. He is in the centre of the photo partly covered by a crow.

        Again the owl is in the lower centre being hawked by the resident birds

        The owl is at the top of the birds in the centre. He landed in at last four trees before he found a tree with some shelter.

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