Female Masked Woodswallow Stuck in Barbed Wire

To: Con Boekel <>
Subject: Female Masked Woodswallow Stuck in Barbed Wire
From: Martin <>
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2019 01:04:04 +0000
>From my observations and conversations with cockies emus rarely jump: they just plough through.  This leaves an emu shaped “stretch mark” in the fence through which sheep and goats can happily gambol.

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On 17 Oct 2019, at 20:58, Con Boekel <> wrote:

COGites might be interested to know that the photo put up by Danny (below) won the human impact category in the 2018 Bird Photography awards.



On 10/17/2019 8:23 PM, Danny McCreadie wrote:

Good work Kym,

Fences pose all kinds of problems for wildlife.

Unfortunately we were too late for this Emu near Burra SA a while back. Sadly not an unusual situation.




From: kym bradley <>
Sent: Thursday, October 17, 2019 5:42 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Female Masked Woodswallow Stuck in Barbed Wire


image of the bird caught in barb wire via toe and tail feather was taken at a distance to see if an intervention was needed not a good image at all


Which was required


Released her with no major damage, held for a minute or so opened one finger  at a time and off she flew


One thing I did notice when I had her in my hands on the barbed wire is how soft she was compared to other birds





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