Drunk cockatoo

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Subject: Drunk cockatoo
From: Julian Robinson <>
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2007 09:13:03 +1100

Following my previous post, by coincidence I saw 20 YT Black Cockatoos yesterday evening flying west over Curtin.  Soon after they passed one more appeared calling loudly and flying in the most erratic manner.  Changes of direction, often getting caught in the wind drift and having to correct by struggling upstream, all over the shop and with a wing action that was even more lackadaisical than usual.  It was quite strange; the bird was well separated from the others by maybe 20 seconds but definitely trying to keep up with them, and certainly flying oddly.  I was wondering if it was intoxicated by something as I have read happens.

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