Brolgas, crows, and a dead cormorant...

Subject: Brolgas, crows, and a dead cormorant...
From: Christopher Watson <>
Date: Mon, 4 Oct 2010 21:12:12 +0930
Had a great drive down from Tennant Creek Today.

At the large dam on the western side of the Stuart Highway opposite the
railway overpass at the Ali-Curung turn off there were three Brolga standing
by the water's edge.

Of course I pulled over for a look as I have never seen anything of note in
this dam at all. As I opened my door a murder (quite literally as it would
turn out) of Little Crows flew past, chasing a Little Black Cormorant. The
cormorant flew into a nearby Bloodwood, but to no avail as the crows
attacked it mercilessly, until it was a helpless figure on the ground
beneath a pile of crows. They proceeded to eat it.

Is this odd crow behaviour considering the abundant food available around
here at the moment which doesn't require chasing and gang-pecking?

Anyway, the Brolgas were a stunning highlight to the drive.

Chris Watson
Alice Springs

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