Re: Corvids playing golf??

To: (Birding Aus)
Subject: Re: Corvids playing golf??
From: Paul Taylor <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 1997 14:22:34 +1000 (EST)
> Jo Wieneke writes:
> > Jo Wieneke
> > Townsville ( where crows on the Common can be seen flying off with golf 
> > balls
> > from the neighbouring course)
> I recently saw a couple of Australian Ravens chasing a golf ball which
> was bouncing across a road - this seemed quite peculiar to me, until I
> saw one of the ravens pick up the ball in its beak and fly off a
> little further with it, until the ball dropped out of the bird's beak
> and bounced around a bit further, with the pattern repeated...
> What I really want to know is how the ravens carry round a bag of golf
> clubs, and if they play on golf courses constructed by humans or on
> courses of their own construction?? Have Torresian Crows evolved to
> have a better beak for carrying golf balls, compared to the beaks of
> Australian Ravens??

There was a report in the "Antipodes" section of New Scientist magazine
last year reporting that Ravens (presumably Australian) were stealing a
substantial amount of golfballs from the Wollongong area, I think.

Does anyone know if this situation is covered in the rules, and what
the penalty would be if your ball is "stolen" by a corvid? 

   Paul Taylor

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