Camellia and crimson rosella

To: Elizabeth Compston <>, Birds Canberra <>
Subject: Camellia and crimson rosella
From: John Harris <>
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2018 05:07:38 +0000
I am afraid that Crimson Rosellas are very destructive and not necessarily 
gaining any sustenance from it. They bite off Rose buds and Camellia buds in my 
garden but I have no evidence that they eat any of them. They seem to go for 
the more coloured buds. Probably they are programmed to chew at anything which 
looks like a fruit or nut.
PS Are you sure your giant camellia is 30 - 40 metres tall? I think that makes 
it a world record.

On 25/7/18, 2:30 pm, "Elizabeth Compston" <> 

    We have a large camellia, about 30–40 metres high and about 40 years old in 
our garden.  It has flowered beautifully until the crimson rosellas decided 
that the buds were a tasty morsel.  I am not sure whether they are desicating 
the whole of the bud, or just the outer petals.  Has anyone else had this 
problem?  The birds are not touching any other camellias, which are not as tall 
or as old as the one that is in trouble.
    A net would be a lot of trouble and not very attractive just outside the 
from door
    Elizabeth Compston
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