biological control, Worlds best songbird.

Subject: biological control, Worlds best songbird.
From: Michael Hunter <>
Date: Wed, 3 Nov 2021 11:46:47 +1100
For months a family of Purple  Gallinules has  taken over our back terrace, 
crapping all over the place in a most unsavoury fashion, retreating a few paces 
when chased off but always returning.  Very upsetting despite our inherent  
love  of  most things Avian.

Then, a mob of presumably unattached male Magpies appeared and chased away the 
Swamphens, not now seen for over two weeks !

And the Magpies are carolling beautifully. Not quite as beautifully as Pied 
Butcherbirds, which are supreme songsters. Will never forget one Carolling 
continuously in  a gorge in the Kimberley, its song echoing up and down that 
gorge.  Incomparably one if not the worlds greatest songbirds.


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