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.