Re: pathetic story

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Subject: Re: pathetic story
From: Paul Taylor <>
Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 17:51:40 +1000
John Leonard wrote:
> I witnessed a another example of this a couple of years ago beside the
> highway south of Canberra on the way to Cooma. I saw a couple of Crimson
> Rosellas fly low across the road and one be hit by a car. The dead bird was
> hurled to the side of the road. I was following the car that had hit the
> bird and when I saw the incident I pulled over. The unharmed bird had flown
> to some trees about 50m away and sat there calling to the other bird. After
> a minute or so it flew back, landed by the corpse and started nudging it, as
> if trying to make to make it get up and fly on.
> It was too sad to stay, so I can't say how long the live bird stayed with
> its dead mate.

I saw exactly the same thing happen at Woden ACT.  A pair of Galahs
was flying across the main divided road between Woden and Civic (they
feed on the grass seeds between the two roads.)  One Galah crashed
into the side of a car and bounced back onto the other lane, dead or
near death.  The second Galah flew back around and landed beside the
other, obviously concerned about the injured/dead Galah; it flew up
out of the way as cars came through, but then landed back down on
the road.  Hopefully it gave up before it also became a statistic.

   Paul Taylor                           Veni, vidi, tici -
                    I came, I saw, I ticked.

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