close brush with a Hobby

To: John Leonard <>
Subject: close brush with a Hobby
From: Timothy Hyde <>
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2001 19:03:31 +1100
Close encounters of the Hobby kind 

My partner is a rescuer/ carer with Wires
specialising in small birds.
A few months ago we spent 4 weeks hand raising
a brown thornbill from a tiny fluff ball just a few days old 

This is a huge hands on effort with feeding 
every 15-30 minutes. 
At 4 weeks it was ready for "slow release",
flying well but still nervous and hanging close to us.

We were at our Capertee property, but were going to do 
the final release back in the Mountains that afternoon
where it had come from. One last wing stretch before the 
trip back.

Bird is sitting in a bush about one foot from my head
and about one foot from the back door.
I?m reaching up to get it and.. 
Wham, Hobby dinner.

Ain?t nature wonderful.
Have to rush,
I?ve been left in charge of the 5 spotted pardalotes.

Help, I?m turning into ramblin? john

Timothy Hyde
Blue Mountains / Capertee Valley

John Leonard wrote:
> Today whilst crossing a car-park at the University of Canberra I observed a
> Hobby
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