Killer Claws

To: Michael Hunter <>
Subject: Killer Claws
From: Laurie Knight <>
Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2018 13:37:30 +1000
Rufous Owls prey on Possums

> On 15 Dec 2018, at 8:24 am, Michael Hunter <> wrote:
> The mystery killer at Torquay prompts a question as to how avian raptors do 
> actually kill their prey.
> Despite their great hooked beaks, Wedge-tailed Eagles kill with their claws, 
> using their beaks to tear up their victims, or any carrion they eat.  Or so I 
> once read.
> Apart from Powerful Owls do any Australian Owls prey on large mammals. Mice 
> are obviously caught and killed in bills, so presumably possums would be an 
> extension of that technique, but, to be pedantic, does anyone really know if 
> they are claw or bill killers?
> Another unrelated question.  We have a continuous stream of many different 
> bird species coming to our yard at different times of day, attracted by a 
> bird feeder and kitchen scraps which they recycle.
> A family of six Purple Gallinules, including three sub-adult juveniles from 
> the dam over 10Om away, very habituated to humans over the years, has invaded 
> our yard. 
> Initially this was  a welcome development but they are there all the time, 
> coming onto the verandah a and their large droppings are a big problem.
> Being habituated, when chased they walk a few metres away, look back at the 
> chaser then return.
> We don't have a dog anymore and handed the shotgun in years ago.(joking).  
> Any humane solutions apart from not feeding our flock ?
>                Cheers
>                      Michael
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