I'd have thought a webcam, linked to a movement sensor mounted somewhere nearby could be useful. While I presume the hooning happens after dark I would think the flames following ignition would give enough illumination to get some decent images? Perhaps the movement detector could send an alarm to the nearest AFP outlet and they might be able to get to the start of Dairy rd and see who is around the area and what they are doing.
I was of course primarily there to look for birds, rather than do an emulation of Fancy Smith (even being as unfit as I am, I'm still slim compared to Brian Blessed)!
As I got on to the track leading from Kingston down to the silt trap a large, odd looking bird flew away and landed in a tree. Of course it landed on the far side of the bole of the tree so I couldn't see it. Almost immediately every Pied Currawong in South Canberra arrived and started harassing the bird. This made me think immediately of Owl and, due to the colouring and size, Barn Owl. After some touring - see below - I managed to capture this photograph.
Following a comment from my friend Denis Wilson (see below) I have snipped a close up of the feet, which shows the arrangement rather well.
If anyone else wants to try for it the following snip from Google Earth illustrates the route followed (I am not sure when the image was taken but the area seems a lot more vegetated now).
- Area from which first flushed.
- Perched in tree here and then vanished.
- Flushed again from here: it had been sheltering from the 'wongs low down in a pyracanthus shrub.
- Perched in another tallish tree here. Currawongs mobbed it again but I got the photo here.
- Last seen flying into a tree here pursued by the vermin, but it had moved on by the tme I got there.