Whistling Kites and Lammergeiers

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Subject: Whistling Kites and Lammergeiers
From: brian fleming <>
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2007 16:51:45 +1100
No,  I haven't seen any Lammergeiers in Australia...yet.
Their habit of dropping large bones is, as Carl Ckifford pointed out, dangerous to anyone in the drop-zone. They also seize and drop tortoises, and in this way are said to have killed the ancient Greek playwright Aeschylos, who was living in Sicily at the time. (He is said to have been given a prophecy that he would die from the fall of a house, so took his siesta out-of-doors.) When I was up at Gunbower (Vic) I noticed many shattered Murray Tortoise shells - some of great size, presumably dropped by Sea-Eagles or Whistling Kites in search of a meal from the contents. I should think they would do you no good if they hit you.
     For more on the subject read "Small Gods" by Terry Pratchett.

Anthea Fleming

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