Morepork, the NZ native owl with a distinctive cry after which it is named. I have been lucky enough to look one of these right in the eye as it perched in a tree. We had a stare off to see who would blink first. He won...

Morepork, the NZ native owl with a distinctive cry after which it is named. I have been lucky enough to look one of these right in the eye as it perched in a tree. We had a stare off to see who would blink first. He won...

Morepork, owl endemic to New Zealand. Maori name: ruru.

Morepork, owl endemic to New Zealand. Maori name: ruru.

Morepork, Ninox novaeseelandiae | ©Glenda Rees   (New Zealand)

Morepork, Ninox novaeseelandiae | ©Glenda Rees (New Zealand)

Southern Boobook Owl (Ninox novaeseelandiae), a nocturnal hunter, their hunting strategy is "perch-and-pounce".  They can be found in Tasmania, most of the mainland and even in New Zealand.  They have over 20 common names used across the country.

Southern Boobook Owl (Ninox novaeseelandiae), a nocturnal hunter, their hunting strategy is "perch-and-pounce". They can be found in Tasmania, most of the mainland and even in New Zealand. They have over 20 common names used across the country.

Morepork Owl (Ninox novaeseelandiae). Photo by Paul Vandenberg.

Morepork Owl (Ninox novaeseelandiae). Photo by Paul Vandenberg.

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