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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.

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10 / TS10
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:23 Nov 2013 - 7:33 AM
Focal Length:6.3mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Auto, Fired
White Balance:Auto
Title:Bad News
Username:goso goso
Uploaded:24 Nov 2013 - 6:55 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, General, Wildlife / nature
Voters:ColleenA · Myed · CarolG · Lillian · Badgerfred · termite53 · lenocm · franken · Derek_Fearn · pascalg · bricurtis · Maiwand · Alan_Baseley · pluckyfilly · AlexAppleby · gwynn56 · Lynniesefforts · NeilWigan · Glostopcat · sweetpea62 ·
Unique Views:37


ColleenA Plus Member 3302 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2013 - 7:08 AM

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

CarolG Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2013 - 7:52 AM

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 Member 6Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2013 - 8:07 AM

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 Member 101977 forum postsbricurtis vcard England49 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2013 - 10:41 AM

Excellent image Bill. Good on the ' Greener' Smile

Maiwand Plus Member 8Maiwand vcard England71 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2013 - 11:35 AM

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 Member 8343 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
24 Nov 2013 - 11:59 AM

Sad story accompanied by a great picture

Lynniesefforts Plus Member 4Lynniesefforts vcard Australia
25 Nov 2013 - 11:21 AM

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 Plus Member 9251 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Nov 2013 - 10:49 PM

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

Last Modified By Glostopcat at 26 Nov 2013 - 10:51 PM
sweetpea62 Plus Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Nov 2013 - 11:56 PM

That is sad poor little things the look so cute..Lin

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