Marianne CannonBarn owls and crested terns

Today I’m talking with ecologist Sue Stevens about barn owls and crested terns. Barn owls are not common in urban areas but are found throughout Australia in grasslands and open woodland.¬†Fish-eating crested terns frequent coastal areas with protected areas for breeding.

Barn Owl

The barn owl is one of the most widespread birds around the world and has that quintessential ‘owl face’ with a white, heart-shaped facial disk outlined by darker feathers. Listen to hear more about its appearance, habitat and hunting and breeding habits.

Barn Owl. Photo by skeeze


Crested Tern

Crested terns are a bit larger than a seagull with similar white and grey colouring but with a distinctive crest of dark feathers, a bit like a mullet haircut! You can find them hovering over¬†sandy beaches around the Australian coastline. Let’s find out more…


Crested tern at Port Fairy, Victoria. Photo Ed Dunens via Flickr. Creative Commons Licence 2.0


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Marianne Cannon

About Marianne Cannon

Marianne Cannon has been broadcasting as Real World Gardener on radio 2RRR 88.5fm in Sydney, since September 2009, and the program is now syndicated to radio stations around Australia. It's about growing your own, the abc of plants, and how to create sustainable gardens to fit into today's environment. Not just a show about plants; it has a strong green and ecological bent, with co-presenters addressing issues such as native animals and plants, water conservation, composting, reducing waste, protecting native species and more.

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