Callum Brae Cockiness

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Subject: Callum Brae Cockiness
From: "Shaun Bagley" <>
Date: Sun, 4 Feb 2007 23:19:11 +1100
This morning at Callum Brae, there was a lot of Hobby activity just off Narrabundah Lane. Appears breeding has been successful and there are at least 2 young Hobbies learning their trade in the vicinity.
One of them came into view with a bird in its claws. Can't say whether it had caught it or whether parents had delivered but it flew across the road with prey dangling. Alighting in a yellow box, it continued it's repetitive high pitched call while sitting on a branch still with prey dangling (possibly a juvenile starling). Within a minute or two, the local Sulphur-crested Cockatoo pair surrounded it advancing from opposite sides while tearing small sticks off the tree. The falcon seemed not to know what to do continuing its calling but not moving as it clung onto its prey. The cockies actually sidled right up to it and began to peck at it quite vigorously clearly making contact with its feathers. Under assault the young Hobby dropped the bird from its talons which seemed to satisfy the cockies who flew away. The young Hobby stayed in the same place plaintively calling as an emboldened Magpie Lark dive bombed it. It made no move to retrieve the prey which was now somewhere on the ground below so perhaps the learning curve was a little too steep...
PS Also noticed movement of 100 + Red Wattlebirds to the south over 10 minutes.
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