audible warning of swooping magpie

To: "Carol Probets" <>,
Subject: audible warning of swooping magpie
From: "Colin R" <>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2003 07:34:01 +1000
I got 'swooped' a couple of weeks ago by a Pied Butcherbird. The first I
knew of it's presence was the sharp clack of it's bill in my ear. To say
I nearly jumped out of my skin would be a dramatic understatement. The
criminal swung up into a tree and sat there looking smug. 
After I had suitably berated him, indignantly, as I assured him I was,
after all, on his side, I continued on my way - only to have him repeat
the silent attack, as if to say - "Just so you know I can!" 
Very deadly  - no hint of his presence until the absolute last minute
then there was the tiniest swish of air just prior to the loudest,
sharpest bill clap that would put a Marbled Frogmouth to shame........

  Colin Reid
So many birds, so little time...... 

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