Mystery nocturnal found on SERF Sensor at 21.18hrs on 15 October 2010
This was the only call of interest between 8pm and midnight, as it rained throughout the period, frogs and insects are calling in the background. I think it may be a Powerful Owl (from experience and listening to other media) but I am certainly not 100% sure. Masked and Sooty Owls have similar cicada-like calls but are a bit quite different to my ear.
The closest call that I’ve found on the web so far (for me) is this one:
Heard this bird calling (singing?) from some dense-low bushes and wondered what it was as I was not familiar with it. Turned out to be a Large-billed Scrubwren, also present were Silvereye, Eastern Whipbird and a noisy plane. There is a Silvereye calling on the clip but it is the descending “see-see-see” (uttered twice) that is the LB Scrubwren.
I recorded the sound with the video capability of my Canon EOS DSLR. Click on blue link below to hear.
Found this one fairly close to the previous mystery (5-note repetition) at 14.36hrs 15 Oct 2010 at SW Sensor. It was raining lightly and there are typical Striated Pardalote calls on there, and also White-throated Honeyeater, but I’m interested in the much repeated soft “dee-dee-dee-dee” sound which is given throughout, can’t think of too much else besides a Spotted or Striated Pardalote which would sound like this, however I don’t think I’ve ever come across it before.