I think you don't know when you are being teased. Or maybe I don't know
when I am, to respond to such a silly thought.
The suggestion that "the bird was feigning death in order to lure down a
raptor to take as prey, and that it would have flown off as soon as it
had taken enough of them" is clearly drivel. The suggestion of that
behaviour is absurd. The suggestion that you could have moved it to
under a bush whilst it was feigning death, equally so.
On Behalf Of Peter Shute
Sent: Friday, 25 June 2010 10:15 AM
To: Steve Potter;
Subject: RE: What to do with a dead owl?
Thank you for all these excellent suggestions, everyone. Some may have
missed my message saying that the bird had disappeared by the time I
I had, however, taken some photos of it with my phone, and from these
Rory O'Brien at the Museum of Victoria identified it as being the
Tasmanian subspecies, Ninox novaeseelandiae leucopsis. So it has at
least been altassed.
It's tempting to believe one suggestion I received privately, that the
bird was feigning death in order to lure down a raptor to take as prey,
and that it would have flown off as soon as it had taken enough of them,
and I'll be on the lookout for evidence of this behaviour in future.
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