New Zealand’s beautiful little owl is commonly heard in our forests and this particular bird is often seen roosting during the day in a small tree in our driveway. Maori named it ruru for the sound of it’s call but the early settlers heard it’s cry as morepork.
From DOC – ‘Morepork are nocturnal, hunting at night for large invertebrates including beetles, weta, moths and spiders. They will also take small birds, rats and mice.
They fly silently as they have soft fringes on the edge of the wing feathers. They catch prey using large sharp talons or beak.‘
We often see ruru catching moths attracted by our lights at night. We’ve also had a young bird swoop on our shuttlecock during a game of badminton on the lawn. One of the pleasures of living with nature.