fox and cat predation

Subject: fox and cat predation
From: Peter Woodall <>
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2001 09:51:47 +1000
At 20:43 11/08/2001 +1000, you wrote:
>John Leonard wrote:
>> The other interpretation of Laurie's observation about urban and picnic area
>> Scrub Turkeys around Brisbane is that some birds have become used to humans
>> and show little fear and concern at human proximity, while others continue
>> to hide in the depths of the forests as their ancestors did.
>> When I used to live in Brisbane and birdwatch around the rainforests I
>> occasionally used to see very wary STs, well away from picinic areas and
>> human habitation.
>> Also the Scrub Turkeys up at Iron Range, of the purple-collared race, not
>> having had much of an opportunity to get used to humans, and presumably
>> still being hunted by Aboriginal people, are quite wary and not often seen.
>> John Leonard
>True, but I see far more alberts lyrebirds, nosiy pittas and riflebirds
>than turkeys in the rainforest.  I would also expect to stumble over
>more active mounds, but most mounds I come across in the bush these days
>have not been touched for years.

I agree with Laurie on his observation of Brush Turkey numbers, 
whatever the reason for it might be.

I've been doing walked transects in Brisbane Forest Park, west of 
Brisbane, for over 10 years. [Just one or two good wet seasons and 
I'll wrap it up, please, please Master Nino go away!!].

This is a 12 km route going through a variety of habitats, notophyll 
closed forest (rain forest), sclerophyll closed and open forest, etc.  
and apart from the start and end of these trails, which are often at 
picnic areas, I see more Noisy Pittas than turkeys.


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