The morepork is a dark brown owl with buff coloured bars on its chest and underparts and large yellow eyes set in a dark facial mask.

Being nocturnal, they feed at night, mainly on large insects like weta, cicadas, moths, huhu beetles, and other night flying insects. They also eat spiders, mice, small rats and small birds. Any indigestible material is dropped from the daytime perch and collects on the forest floor.

The morepork has a variety of calls, calling mainly at night and starting at dusk. The familiar call is a very clear ‘more-pork’ which carries through a still night and can be heard a long way off. They screech a repeated ‘cree’ when hunting.

Breeding is between September and February and the nest can be virtually anywhere. It could be found on the ground, sheltered behind rocks or in a petrel burrow, or high up in the hollow of a tree or branch. Sometimes in epiphytes or in a cabbage tree. The eggs are incubated solely by the female for 20 – 30 days and the young moreporks fledge about 35 days after hatching.

This little baby fell out of its nest and is being looked after by bird rescue, and will be rehabilitated as soon as possible.

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Comments

  • midzing
    midzingalmost 7 years ago

    OMG.. those eyes,,,,very hypnotising,,,, fantastic shot,,, well done, and I sincerely hope he gets back to his natural habitat as soon as possible,,,, well done

  • I was there today – and he’s gone – so obviously well enough to be let go now. Will have to wait another year to get some more pics :)

    – Robyn Carter

  • Macky
    Mackyalmost 7 years ago

    Amazing specimen!!!

  • Thanks :)

    – Robyn Carter

  • Robyn Carter
    Robyn Carteralmost 7 years ago

    Yep – the eyes really draw you in. Unfortunately these creatures are on the endangered list, so I was very lucky to be photographing so closely. I used a 100mm macro lens – I was pretty close.

    Cheers
    Robyn

  • flower68
    flower68almost 7 years ago

    my heart is rapidly melting!!bless this little darling.beautiful capture.

  • Mine too :)

    – Robyn Carter

  • wiz66
    wiz66almost 7 years ago

    How cute is that, great shot

  • Thank you :)

    – Robyn Carter

  • GracefulShadow
    GracefulShadowalmost 7 years ago

    That is gorgeous! Ha ha.

  • Denzil
    Denzilalmost 7 years ago

    Thanks for the photo, and for the legend too. Really eyecatching shot, love it.

  • PhotoDream Art
    PhotoDream Artalmost 7 years ago

    Adorable:)

  • coffeebean
    coffeebeanalmost 7 years ago

    Oh wow stunning, those eyes…incredible…poor wee love, I’m so glad you shared this with us.

  • solarrain
    solarrainalmost 7 years ago

    how cute, and what big eyes you have. very nice…

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