What a great article - the photo makes it and it's well worth checking out
the link in Chris' email.
On 24 April 2011 16:41, Philip Veerman <> wrote:
> Well that is assuming it was Noisy Miners. It says "native mynas". Given
> that this is not an identifiable name, that could be all sorts of things
> or a mixture, e.g. Common (Indian) Mynas. But then again it is not a
> technical piece of writing and the error could have been made by the
> observer, the reporter, the editorial staff, etc. I read the first
> message and I did not even notice the error. Given that we have used
> names of "native cat" and "marsupial mouse" for various marsupials for
> decades, it is not really so severe a mistake.
> -----Original Message-----From:
> On Behalf Of Carl
> Sent: Saturday, 23 April 2011 11:10 PM To: Chris Charles Cc:
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Fatal Brush
> with Owl
> Many residents of Sydney's Upper North Shore would be saying " More
> Power to the Owls". Pity the journo could not get the spelling of
> Noisy Miner right. But then, hey, s/he/it is only a journalist and
> after all, they only deal with facts , not words.
> Carl Clifford
> On 23/04/2011, at 8:49 PM, Chris Charles wrote:
> From North Shore Times 14 APR 2011
> FATAL BRUSH WITH OWL
> THIS Powerful Owl has a message for brush turkeys who may harbour
> dreams of taking over the North Shore - not in my backyard.
> Mary Maloney was enjoying a quiet afternoon at her Pymble home on
> March 17 when the tranquility was broken with the cries of distressed
> native mynas.
> "We live in a fairly bushy part of Pymble and there is remnant forest
> and a creek in the backyard," Ms Maloney said.
> "The mynas usually get disturbed if there is anything unusual in the
> trees and they were just absolutely frantic in the forest," she said.
> When she walked into her backyard she quickly saw why, spotting a
> giant bird of prey nestled in a palm frond with the unfortunate,
> already dead brush turkey clasped in its mighty talons.
> Ms Maloney said it was the first time she had seen one with a
> conquered brush turkey.
> She found herself just below the owl, almost close enough to grab the
> dangling turkey if she had wanted to, and estimated the owl was about
> 61cm in length.
> Sensing a very rare photo opportunity she grabbed her camera and the
> owl glanced in her direction with a perturbed expres- sion before
> turning away and dismissing her. "He looked like he was thinking 'what
> are you doing with that?' But then just sort of majestically turned
> his head around and looked away," she said.
> The owl stayed perched in her yard until sundown when it spread its
> wings and flew off down the creek line with the dead turkey still in
> its grip.
> While the turkey is long gone, Ms Maloney has been left with enduring
> memories from the close encounter.
> Chris Charles
> 0412 911 184
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