ambushed Magpie-Lark flock, SEQ

Subject: ambushed Magpie-Lark flock, SEQ
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2005 12:29:28 +1000
Lacey's Creek
Monday 13 June

Driving up-valley at sunset along a quiet, dairy-country road, I was amazed at the sight of 100+ Magpie-Larks, clothing a section of telegraph wire back from the road. This would be one of Simpson & Day's loose autumn-winter flocks. So down the road a-ways, I u-turned -- In the short time it took me to come gliding back into the verge, the birds had lifted off the wires and were descending, a flickering cloud, into a dense, dark tree right by the roadside, perhaps to roost the night there. Some birds had already disappeared into the tree as I scrunched to a halt -- But, just then, from behind me, low & fast, came a raptor that blew into the flock & crashed through into the tree. The birds exploded in disarray, each bird shooting away from the impact-point. I saw the shadow of the raptor moving through the tree. Meanhile, the confused escapees were re-gathering, & fled screaming, to clothe a dead tree one paddock away. In moments, the raptor emerged, carrying nothing, and over ten minutes or so swooped away from tree to tree, in low loops, skulking within each tree from one side to the other. A Brown Goshawk, perhaps?
        The Magpie-Larks had all gone silent & disappeared into the dusk.



Judith L-A
S-E Qld
Birding-Aus is now on the Web at
To unsubscribe from this mailing list, send the message 'unsubscribe
birding-aus' (no quotes, no Subject line)

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>
  • ambushed Magpie-Lark flock, SEQ, rjamund <=

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU