Re: more unusual Magpie behaviour

Subject: Re: more unusual Magpie behaviour
From: "Stephen Brooking" <>
Date: Tue, 03 Aug 2004 21:00:32 +1000
Syd Curtis's quote of Alec Chisholm, and his mention of metal Magpie nests put me in mind of a very close friend from the Riverina who was running late in preparing his HSC Art project back in the '80s and was lacking inspiration. While wandering the house paddock he came across a Magpie nest made entirely from heavy gauge fencing wire, discarded lengths from a recently finished bit of fencing. As it was obviously too heavy to stay in the tree, he took advantage of his good fortune by mounting the nest on some old palings made into a backboard, 'blew out' a chickens egg and mounted this in the nest, added a few other 'arty' touches and submitted this as his project. Of course the supervisors assumed he made the nest himself and awarded him top marks in the year. The humble yet innovative magpie could have been a little miffed at not getting a credit, as the next season's 'bombing runs' were more ferocious than ever!


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