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This vicious world – the life of birds (w/ flicks)

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by shitting, May 8, 2006.

  1. shitting

    shitting Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 22, 2003 Messages: 6,381 Likes Received: 84
    Currawongs (uglier versions of magpies) nest and try to rear young every year in Figtrees on my street

    Currawongs are cold blooded. To feed their young at this time of year they kill other birds, by ganking them with their beaks(Usually soldier birds and spotted turtle doves) They wedge the bodies in forked twigs and disembowel them to feed their young fresh meat. (I've been finding neat piles of entrails on the road, always below a freshly mutilated bird corpse).

    the dove
    soldier bird

    Anyway as usual, this year the currawongs made a big nest high in the tree. (There are three of them – the two parents and a young one which is the only one the partners have successfully raised in recent years.) A few weeks ago I found two baby ones, culled from the nest, dead on the road – currawongs often cull their young to give the stronger ones a better chance of survival. things were running smoothly for fopr them untill 2 weeks ago when a pair of rare channel-billed cuckoos arrived as they have been doing seasonally this time of year. They come from far north Queensland and are massive and noisy and significantly more badass then currawongs

    They eat meat and like the whole cuckoo family they lay their eggs in the rests of other birds to trick them into rearing their young which then outgrow the birds' real chillens and eat them.
    Anyway they stared beefing with the residents currawongs. For a whole day there was viscous and raucous fighting going down between the currawongs and the cuckoos. The ruckus climaxed in the afternoon and I went outside to watch. To the horror of the parents one of the cuckoos managed to climb into the nest and started stabbing the birds with its beak and pushing them out of the nest. The two young that were left fell out. One fell into lower branches and the other hit the road. It would have got run over so I took in. It was wounded and its squawking could not call its parents so I knew they given up on it in favour of the other baby so I gave it a quick death.
    Anyway the next day the other bird fell out after trying to get back to the nest.
    I took it in and it got very tame and eventually could fly a little bit. It's parents soon found it and fed it everyday. At night I would go out for a smoke and it would be there sitting on a chair sleeping. It got tame and would fly to us a bit and let us pick it up when its parents wern't watching to go psycho. They dive bomb you. (occasionally someone with a bloodied face tells you they've just been attacked by a magpie or currawong, for straying too close to a nest)

    Last night I went out and saw it lying on the ground. It was still breathing so I thought it was just sleeping in a strange way so I went to get a camera. When I got back the bird was spasming sickeningly and trying to get up. I picked it up and tried to get it to perch but it wouldn’t so I put it down and it continued to lie so i knew it was fucked. My fingers had some blood on them so I thought a cat had mauled it. It was obvioulsy not going to make it so I picked it up to comfort it in its hour of need. I felt a sticky patch under its wing, I lifted it's wing up and saw a big hole, black with rot. it was flyblown, and hundreds of maggots were wriggling around in its insides.
    I dropped it in disgust, it was being eaten alive so I put it out of its misery. I put the bird in a shoebox and took it to the back lane, doused it in metho to cleanse it and lit it up

    RIP bra
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  2. podrido

    podrido Veteran Member

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  3. Hoblow

    Hoblow Senior Member

    Joined: May 12, 2003 Messages: 1,618 Likes Received: 12
    Awesome. The only notice I usually take of magpies and currawongs when they're nesting is where the actual nest is so I know when to start waving a stick around my head. My brother got swooped years ago when he was riding his bike. He ducked to avoid it, fell down a hill, landed on a big mound of rocks and broke his collarbone. Sucker.
  4. ^ . ^

    ^ . ^ Dirty Dozen Crew

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    that was sweet of you daily... poor birds :(
  5. shaolinmasta

    shaolinmasta Veteran Member

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    Shit, ive never really paid too much attention to birds before but that story was pretty interesting.
  6. Pfffffffffft

    Pfffffffffft Moderator Crew

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  7. shitting

    shitting Veteran Member

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  8. Dick Quickwood

    Dick Quickwood 12oz Loyalist

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    i hope you washed the fluids off your hand
  9. willy.wonka

    willy.wonka Banned

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    i've been seeing a lot of birds fighting ... i mean a lot.. its crazy.. one will be a lookout while the other is under the car killin another bird
  10. garlic prawns

    garlic prawns Senior Member

    Joined: Apr 20, 2006 Messages: 1,803 Likes Received: 1
    Magpies scare the fuck out of me...

    When i was young i lived in sydney and i got swooped alot and since i have left over west i have had no swoop's.

    Everythings meaner in sydney!!!!
  11. shitting

    shitting Veteran Member

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    Nah, i wiped them in your mum's gash
  12. shitting

    shitting Veteran Member

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  13. seeking

    seeking Dirty Dozen Crew

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    theres a corner of the street near a friends shop where a bird has a nest in a bush. anytime someone walks past, it flys down and smashes into the back of their head. we all like to sit there and point and laugh. it's a good time.

    that was a sad story, but im learning to deal with the pain.
  14. El Mamerro

    El Mamerro Dirty Dozen Crew

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    Fucking emus, man.
  15. Harvey Wallbanger

    Harvey Wallbanger Dirty Dozen Crew

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    See, this is why I like 12 oz... we're laughing and learning.