Collared Sparrowhawks vs Pied Currawongs

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Subject: Collared Sparrowhawks vs Pied Currawongs
From: "Peter Shute" <>
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2007 11:45:01 +1000
 wrote on Sunday, 22 April 2007 8:17

> To update the reported numbers of Pied Currawong in Royal Park,
> Nicole mentioned that she saw 4 Pied Currawong in the grounds of the
> Royal Melbourne Zoo (close to the main entrance and midway between
> both previous sightings) on Saturday morning.

I saw 6 yesterday, hanging around near the first tram stop up from
Flemington Rd.  I also watched them taunting the Sparrowhawks into
chasing them this morning.  They don't seem particularly afraid of the
Sparrowhawks, often approaching very close on a branch, but flee when

Perhaps it's simply a matter of trying to remove a predator that could
harm them if caught unawares, so they don't have to waste energy looking
out for them.

Peter Shute

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