Rainbow Lorikeets, Little Pied Cormorant, Little Wattlebird

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Subject: Rainbow Lorikeets, Little Pied Cormorant, Little Wattlebird
From: Merrilyn Serong <>
Date: Mon, 04 Oct 2004 23:27:13 +1000
Unusual behaviour witnessed yesterday in Clayton, SE of Melbourne was a flock of Rainbow Lorikeets (~12 birds) following a Little Pied Cormorant as it flew in circles above a small lake. Every now and then one or two lorikeets would break away from the flock and fly at the cormorant, approaching very closely and then return to the flock. Lots of lorikeet squawking was going on of course. This went on for several minutes with the cormorant circling higher and higher until the lorikeets gave up and flew off. Soon after, the cormorant disappeared in the distance. The day before, I was walking past a suburban (Melbourne) garden and stopped at the sound of some flapping in a tree next to the foot path. A Little Wattlebird was caught on something and was trying to get away. Luckily there was no front fence to the property and I could reach around the side of the tree to retrieve a big lump of wadding and plastic string caught between two branches and attached to the bird's right foot. The plastic and some of the wadding was inextricably tangled around the foot and toes were sticking out at all angles. All I could do was break the wadding as close to the foot as possible and let the bird go. with its foot still tightly tied, but no extraneous material to catch on anything. On closer inspection of the wadding and string, it looked like the lining of a nest. I don't know if the bird will be able to get rid of the last bits of string or even if it will survive. It must surely have been in a lot of pain. Some rubbish must make good nesting material, but unfortunately is often indestructible, or at least not readily degradable.

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