The powerful owl is the largest species of owl in Australia and the largest of the “Hawk Owl” group.
Adults can grow up to 65cm ( 26in) and can weigh up to 2.2kg (4.9lb).
These are two young ones that I managed to photograph trying to keep cool in a shady spot down by the Diamond Creek on a very hot 38*C afternoon.
Although juvenile they were about half the size of an adult bird but pretty impressive all the same – the adult being quite an awsome creature to observe.
It would have been good to get a shot of them together but unfortunately they were sitting on different branches.
Powerful Owls are not listed as a threatened species in Australia but in Victoria classed as vulnerable.