"Birding Services Brisbane" <>, "Birding-aus" <>
"Peter Shute" <>
Wed, 27 Jun 2007 09:18:53 +1000
You say "food was involved". Do you mean that these birds had been fed
by people and were therefore no longer afraid of them? Or that they
were trying to pester their victims into feeding them?
wrote on :
> For about 10 years I was used by Q'ld NPWS to deal with
> attacking birds
> around Brisbane. This usually involved capture and
> translocation. During
> that period there were about 10 Magpie-larks (all males) and all were
> attacking peoples faces and usually the eyes. One at Noosa, Q'ld had
> damaged the eyes of at least 10 people. The birds were all
> in very public
> places and where there was food involved. All were very used
> to being around
> people and showed no fear.
> My view after looking at the circumstances in each case was
> that they were
> deliberately attacking the eyes and I believe that it was to do with
> reflections. Some of the early victims of a couple of birds had worn
> glasses which may have increased the reflection factor.
> There were some pretty amazing birds among them. QPWS has a
> policy of
> 'capture and translocate' and not to euthanase birds. I had
> a couple of
> birds return from well over one hundred kilometres away.
> Both took several
> months to return and immediately started to attack once again.
> Roy Sonnenburg
> Birding Services Brisbane
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