Footy birds

To: "'Russ'" <>
Subject: Footy birds
From: "KAREN HUNT" <>
Date: Sat, 1 Oct 2011 14:03:42 +0800
Hello Russ


I can only report on what the AFL media bloke tells me is their point of
view and their official line is that they thought the use of wedge-tails
worked well.


Interesting to hear that there are different views from the ground floor (so
to speak) - I guess everyone is going to have a different opinion on this
one and what constitutes a 'significant' reduction of gull numbers.


Not being a great football fan, I only watched the first few minutes of the
game so have no idea what happened throughout the remainder. 


Perhaps the reason they didn't use the Peregrines is because they were
scared they would actually attack a gull which would have definitely
deflected some attention from the game!!




From: Russ  
Sent: Friday, 30 September 2011 8:26 PM
Subject: Footy birds


Hi Karen


Sorry to contradict you, but the story I'm getting from birders at the game,
and from DSE itself, is that the presence of the eagles had little impact
after a while.


I'm surprised they didn't use Peregrine Falcons - this species has been a
much more effective gull deterrent at the Ford plant in Broadmeadows (where
gulls were fouling cars awaiting shipment in an outdoor holding yard) - as
well as at other places. The Peregrines (2?) were flown by a handler, and
after a few flights the gulls departed for a reasonable length of time -
weeks, I think.   I'd be surprised if tethered eagles would scare off gulls
- but a Peregrine on the loose might do so. 


Does anyone know any more about using raptors as a deterrent? Which raptor
species are used? What species do they target, and how effective are they?


Russell Woodford


On Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 6:05 PM, KAREN HUNT <> wrote:

Apparently it worked!


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