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By goso
These are the three chicks who were raised in the wall flowerpot on the back verandah. This morning, the parents escorted them out in the paddocks and were teaching them to fly, and survive.

I went inside to get a camera, only to emerge and see about 20 bloody "Indian Myna's" (an introduced species into Oz, and one of the greatest threats to our indigenous wildlife - and the most hated import) carrying off two of the chicks.

These b#@*^#'s then began flyovers at the scene of their crime, but unlike the "Red Arrows" their flight plan went astray, and with the help of my old mate "Greener", five of them didn't make it.

One of my granddaughters was there, but it is hard to explain to a 7 y/o nature's way, and the "survival of the fittest" - needless to say she is still upset.

Tags: General Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

Voters: ColleenA, Myed, CarolG and 17 more

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ColleenA Plus
4 319 4 Australia
24 Nov 2013 7:08AM
What a dreadful storySadSad and they are so cute. The poor mother....and your traumatized granddaughter. Yes they are a curse. South Africa also has thousands of them. All they do is mess on the cars and are very noisy... Glad you got this beautiful image before the tragedy

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CarolG Plus
9 196 19 Greece
24 Nov 2013 7:52AM
How very sad, Bill, I do hope the remaining chick will make it to maturity. I imagine 'greener' is a shooter, glad to hear you managed to dispose of five of the troublemakers, though no doubt there are more about. Please keep up informed of the remaining chick's fight for survival. Carol
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
24 Nov 2013 8:07AM
So sad and it does break your heart we have a magpie over here..does the same
and took my baby blue tits I had watched on camera in a box then they flew
and played for only moments..taken! I only wished for a 'greener'
a lovely image presented here Bill
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
24 Nov 2013 10:41AM
Excellent image Bill. Good on the ' Greener' Smile
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
24 Nov 2013 11:35AM
Think we all sympathise with the problem Bill and I am delighted to inform that I too am a fully paid up member of Greener United !!!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
24 Nov 2013 11:59AM
Sad story accompanied by a great picture

Quote:Sad story accompanied by a great picture

Those mynahs are a scourge here as well, they have been culled to a large degree and there aren't as many around now thank goodness... ( Blue Mountains) I havent seen a sparrow here for at least 7 years !!!!!

Lynette Grin
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
26 Nov 2013 10:49PM
So sad to hear that these poor little blighters were devoured by that nasty invasive species. You are obviously as good a shot with your gun as you are with your camera as you took five of them out, no doubt they made a nice meal for the handsome lizard I voted on earlierWink
26 Nov 2013 11:56PM
That is sad poor little things the look so cute..Lin

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