Leadbeaters Possum used to occur right across Gippsland in lowland dry forests as well. Research by Rohan Bilney on the diet of Sooty Owls over hundreds of years show that pre-European Sooty Owl dined on 28 species – now that’s down to 10!
It’s a question that haunts nature-lovers – what was Australia like before European colonisation? Zoologist Rohan Bilney follows clues left by Sooty owls in Gippsland. Read the report (PDF)