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Tasmanian Masked Owl at the Raptor Refuge

This young Tasmanian masked owl is the newest resident at the Raptor Refuge in Tasmania. Named “Montgomery”, the 2 month old is growing daily into his adult form, and these images capture the last of his youthful “fluff” which is giving way to reveal the common colouring of the adult Masked Owl.

Tasmanian Masked Owl - young plumage

Monty’s funky young haircut

Tasmanian Masked Owl Raptor Refuge

Another view of Monty and his young “fluff”

As many of you would know, many of my photographs are used by the Raptor Refuge in their annual calendar. The 2016 calendar is now basically sold out (you might find one still available somewhere) which means a lot of money has been raised to support the refuge as it looks after injured raptors, and raises healthy young guys like Monty. It is a pretty safe bet to expect at least one of these will be in next years calendar!

Masked Owl Raptor Refuge Tasmania

Monty, the young Tasmanian Masked Owl, testing out those brand new feet 🙂

Tasmanian Masked Owl, Raptor Refuge

A contemplative young Monty

Masked Owl Raptor Refuge Tasmania

The young fella stretches his talons as he hops about

Tasmanian masked owl, Raptor Refuge

Not quite game to start using his wings yet, as they say – you have to learn to walk before you learn to fly!

Those interested in Tasmania’s raptors, and wishing to support the work done down at the Raptor Refuge should consider becoming a member, or joining a private photography session at the refuge. Details on membership are on the Raptor Refuge website.


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Luke O'Brien runs a stall at Hobart's popular Salamanca Market every Saturday where his prints and cards are available for purchase. Follow Luke's photographic adventures on Twitter at @lukeobrienphoto, at his Facebook page or by subscribing to his email newsletter.