Raven takes Tawny Frogmouth

Subject: Raven takes Tawny Frogmouth
From: Judith L-A <>
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2004 11:18:28 +1000
Mike Tarburton has observed Torresian Crows taking eggs and young from a wide range of birds from nests on his campus. At Ocean View (near Mt Mee, SEQ), Torresian Crows have been observed picking off 14 Wood/Maned ducklings, in the near presence of the parents. The TCrows also hang around and/or disappear silently into the bushes with various species' nests in them. Nest failures on our place may or may not be attributable to the TCs. One difficulty I've noticed in seeing what the TCs are up to, is that they are completely silent when feeding -- both up there on the mountain, and down here in the large group around my office in Clayfield-- Indeed, as I write this, a TC has landed silently on the guttering, silently dipped a bit of tucker in the water there, silently swallowed it, silently inspected the guttering with head-feathers raised, then clucked once, and swooped off with a powerful whirring of wings. This large murder of crows is vociferous when not feeding. But one could always tell when the neighbour's cat was being fed: A beautiful quiet would descend on the neighbourhood, and looking out the window you could see the poor old cat surrounded by black figures.
        (Then the cat, one day, disappeared...!)


Judith L-A
S-E Qld
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