at Birds Australia we have had a request for info on magpie/human
interactions, especially dive-bombing incidents. Details below. I seem to
recall a thread about this in the last year or two on birding-aus, so maybe
someone out there can contribute again. Please reply to Bill Bachman
Australian Geographic magazine is planning a feature on magpies.
Publication will be sometime in 2002, with most of the research, writing
and photography to take place in Victoria in the spring of this year. The
budget will probably restrict photography mainly to greater Melbourne and
selected areas in NE Victoria, but other areas of Victoria will be considered.
Photographer Bill Bachman is looking for interesting examples of magpie
behaviour - ie, interaction with humans and pets, notable habits or quirks
(including dive-bombing) - in short, anything that would offer good
photographic possibilities under reasonably controlled circumstances, such
as in someone's backyard, or in a park or farm situation. In fact, any
examples of magpie-mania will be considered - maybe someone out there has a
magpie mailbox or a family of magpies that live in the house or share the
dog's bed, or whatever.
If you can help, please contact Bill directly at the address below. Thanks
for whatever leads you can offer.
Bill Bachman & Associates P/L
55 Mayston St
East Hawthorn Victoria 3123
TEL 613 9882 2461
FAX 613 9813 1040
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