Manic Magpie and Lapwing Chicks

Subject: Manic Magpie and Lapwing Chicks
From: "david taylor" <>
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2000 13:54:30 GMT
It was reported on the evening news here tonight that a magpie swooped a nurse in the grounds of one of Brisbanes hospitals today and pierced her eye. She had emergency surgery soon after. A great bird the maggie, but not to be messed with!

On the subject of swooping I found two Masked Lapwings with three brand new chicks walking up the footpath this morning!!! They were rather agitated and swooped me. They made their way up the road through our estate, and later in the day I found them in a front garden not far away. Tonight they are calling just outside. The chicks are superb, with their fluffy bodies and long legs. I certainly hope they survive - the next week or two they will be vulnerable to cats and kids!
Great though to see wildlife in the suburbs!

David Taylor

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