Magpie killed by wind?

Subject: Magpie killed by wind?
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2021 14:16:20 +1100
I've heard of similar things happening with birds and bats flying near
wind turbines, that the turbulence can cause internal injuries.

Peter Shute

On Thu, 14 Oct 2021 at 11:16, <> wrote:
> Driving to Grafton today, saw a magpie killed on M1 - 110kph. Luckily, it 
> went behind the vehicle in front. I thought it was lucky because I wasn't 
> close enough to hit it.
> However, just as it came out from behind the front vehicle, it exploded into 
> a whole lot of feathers and slammed into the ground.
> It hadn't made contact with the front vehicle, but the wind (slipstream) that 
> hit it as it emerged from behind must have been the equivalent of a physical 
> strike.
> Probably the saddest thing was seeing, in the rear-vision mirror, another 
> magpie fly down to it.
> So, speed kills - even without contact.
> Peter Morgan
>                  The conservation battle is never finally won; the 
> development battle is.
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