Whistling kites feeding young

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Subject: Whistling kites feeding young
From: "Doug Holly" <>
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2001 13:54:00 +1030
G'day All.
If you read this you will know that I have made it into "the group...My friend,Lizzy Lewis went for a drive to Lake Bonney..Barmera the other day  and looked at a Whistling Kite nest with two large of the adults arrived  with a Common Bronzewing Pigeon,landed in a nearby tree and plucked it,gave a call and took it to the nest and fed it to the young....would it have caught the pigeon or was it a roadkill ?? The adult bird then flew off and caught a young Pacific Blackduck which had just swum out into the lake with it's "mum"and went through the same proceedure.Lizzy then left the scene and came to visit me,bringing with her some of the Bronzewing's feathers for an ID. One wonders just how much do these  and other birds consume in a lifetime..Doug Holly
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