Mourning for Magpie-lark

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Subject: Mourning for Magpie-lark
From: "Robyn Howard" <>
Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2005 11:02:12 +1000
The local Magpie-lark pair arrived in June, 2003, in juvenile plumage.   He
had no left foot - just a stump - and a badly deformed right foot;   she had
a deformed left foot.   They started breeding in December of that year, but
only ever raised Koels!   (At least 3 over two seasons.)   Life was very
difficult for that poor disabled male, and he died on Saturday, only into
his third year.


Since 6:30 this morning, Tuesday, there is great celebratory dueting on my
TV antenna, and Mrs Magpie-lark has already found a new male..... this time
with two good feet!


How sad that such a valiant, faithful, hard-working mate was only mourned
for two days.


I mourn still.




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