Re: Southern Boobook

Subject: Re: Southern Boobook
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2005 08:48:49 +1000

"It appears this was a deliberate tactic (ie to feign death) to stop the harassing ravens and magpies"

If it was then it doesn't always work.  Several years ago I was invalided with a badly prolapsed disk.  I was laying on a lounge strategically placed on our verandah in the morning sun.  There was a great commotion several hundred metres away from the house near the creek.  Miners, magpies, choughs, butcherbirds and an assortment of smaller honeyeaters were mobbing something on the ground.  I assumed it was a snake or monitor.  After some time it got the better of me.  I struggled to my feel and slowly, and very gingerly, hobbled across the paddock to have a look.

The cause of all the fuss?  A very dead boobook!


David Geering
Regent Honeyeater Recovery Coordinator
Department of Environment & Conservation
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Dubbo  NSW  2830
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