Re: lesser vultures

To: "ozbird" <>, "Conole, Lawrie" <>
Subject: Re: lesser vultures
From: "Susan Myers" <>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 1998 18:41:53 +1100
>All of this reminds me of a somewhat vitriolic exchange in BOCA's
>"Australian Bird Watcher" journal some years ago, about whether a
>White-faced Heron standing on a dead 'roo and "feeding" was eating
>carrion or maggots.  

I watched 30 or so House Sparrows eating a bowl of spaghetti bolognese in
Swanston Street today.(They had an audience of about 20 people,too -
birding is catching on!) I can't be 100% sure but I think they were eating
the bol sauce & the spaghetti....... Either way, it was obviously more
appealing to them than its previous human owner ;-)
BTW Lawrie, if the heron was only feeding on the maggots, but not the
flesh, does that absolve it from being a scavenger/carrion feeder? Or does
it become one by association?

Susan Myers
phone: +61 3 9819 2539
Email:Susan Myers 

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