Birds and beetles

Subject: Birds and beetles
From: R & J Frankenberg <>
Date: Mon, 02 Jul 2001 22:55:28 +1000
Beetle eating birds are not always welcome.  We have managed to establish a
thriving population of dung beetles on our cattle property, which are making
short work of all the cow pats.  This year the strawnecked ibis have found
them, and a flock of 20-30 arrive every morning to work over the paddocks.
We are hoping they don't tell too many of their friends.  I also see  quite
a few magpies standing over a cow pat waiting for something to move.
Luckily the dung beetles fly at dusk - the air hums where cattle congregate.

Judy Frankenberg

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