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Subject: Ravens
From: Reg Clark <>
Date: Sun, 18 Apr 2004 18:33:04 +1000
Hello all,

I live within the territory of a pair of Australian Ravens ( Corvus coronoides ) .Also resident is a newly arrived family of Koreans, my next-door neighbours. The father of the family was doing what all recently arrived Asian migrants do i.e.practicing his putting on the back lawn.Whilst we were attempting to communicate over the side fence, down swooped one of the corvids and grabbed the golf ball, carried it in its beak to the far side of my garden , where it dropped it. Henry , my neighbour , said something in Korean which he obviously could not express in English. I returned the ball and in conversation with his delightful little wife Anne discovered that he had said something for which she felt she had to appologise. She said that Henry felt that these creatures were not true birds--he described them as "demons"-- as they did not sound like birds or act like them.When he went on his weekly golf excursion to Balgowlah (a northern suburb of Sydney) Anne would make him a sandwich which he placed in the zipped up pocket of his golf bag , to be later enjoyed in the pleasant surroundings of the course.. This all changed however, when the resident Ravens broke the secret code of the zip fastener. If he left his buggy for any reason he would return to find the zipped pocket on his golf bag undone, his snack and sometimes a spare ball or two gone--- a most frustrating experience . He said that they dragged at the zipper tags until enough room was made to insert the beak. Apparently not only had he caught them in the act but other golfers had also suffered from the attentions of these avian "Houdinis"

Reg Clark
St. Ives,

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