It is OK, I’ve not had a breakdown. The post title refers to the fact that these little blighters are the Barking Owl, AKA the Barking Boobook or Winking Owl. I think I prefer The Barking Boobook. Anyway, the name comes because they can bark and growl like a dog, as well as make the loud sounds of a screaming lady. So loud, in fact, that they are widely credited with being the source of the Aboriginal legend of the Bunyip – a fearsome swamp monster whose cries could be heard at night.
Here they are in action:
Unfortunately, due to a decline in their habitat (woodlands being cleared for farmland), Their nUmbers are declining