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Old 9th Nov 2013, 11:57
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Fly my friend fly

I feel good today, something happened that felt magical.

It was a blustery day today here in Melbourne as I went for my long walk along the beach in the afternoon. Within a few minutes I encountered a native seabird sitting right in the middle of the footpath, the poor bird was in shock. I couldn't believe it, so many pathetic yuppies in their walking costumes must have walked right by it and didn't do anything about it.

With the road only 2m away my first thought was that he was injured, but as I looked him over he appeared alright, his wings and webbed feet were intact. He was the size of a grown duck but had all the hallmarks of a juvenile - finally my thesis on seagulls all those years ago had a practical use.

I gently picked him up, he didn't protest, and placed him just inside a fenced off area that protects beach vegetation from human erosion.

I continued my walk and on my return 30 minutes later I noticed he had not moved from where I put him. Being a city beach I knew too well that some ignorant dog owner will eventually let their dog off the leash (even though it's illegal) and this poor bird will be torn to shreds.

Fortunately one of the surf lifesaving clubs down the road was open so I popped in and asked if they had a phone book. The receptionist had internet and looked up the phone number of the RSPCA, so I rang them and got their answering service - they were closed. She then found a government wildlife department so I rang them and was put on hold - buggah, after a long wait I was now running out of phone credits so I hung up. By now one of the members had arrived and mentioned that this morning when he was swimming he encountered a bunch of birds in the water. There didn't seem much we could do, so I told him the best thing I could do was relocate the bird deeper in the enclosed area and hope for the best.

So I walked back and found he was still exactly where I left him. As I reached in the fence he tried to bite me - this was a good sign I thought as he was coming out of shock. I stroked him with a long blade of grass and he eventually let me pick him up. The fence was impenetrable, so I proceeded to walk the 40m to the shoreline to shove him inside the fence from there.

As I got within meters of the water I felt his webbed feet kicking as he got excited, so I put him down right near the water. After a small hesitation he stood up, looked over his right shoulder at me, opened his wings revealing a huge wingspan, eased up majestically into the air and headed off over the bay.

What a sight, what a pleasure, what a beautiful thing.

I took a picture of my brief friend on the phone while he was in shock and will upload tomorrow, hopefully someone will be able to tell me what kind of bird it is.
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Old 9th Nov 2013, 12:13
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Owrr...owrrro...ow..ow...aurrrrrowaukack...ackackack...owrrr ! (That's just one of my "grateful seagull" impressions)
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Old 9th Nov 2013, 13:15
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Nice one, cattletruck. Yup, we are all part and parcel of the same thing, if only we knew it, and those of us who are bigger stronger and slightly more intelligent should help the others - as you did.

There's something about the winged ones, though, isn't there ? On my daily drive to the fitness centre I pass a tree where a very large hunting bird sits on an upper branch surveying his revere. Sometimes when I drive back two hours later he's flying circles over potential prey. What a magnificent sight !
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I have just rescued a tiny red two-spotted ladybird from the swimming pool. She (he?) rewarded me by sitting on my leg for about 20 minutes, opening the two parts of her shell and drying out the delicate wings beneath. Once dried, she sat experimenting with flap settings for a few minutes, measuring her take off run, and then blasted off into the clear blue sky.
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Old 9th Nov 2013, 14:27
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Me, well, Saviour of moths in the pool at night !!

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Old 9th Nov 2013, 16:57
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I find that the older I get the more aware I am of the fact that my fellow creatures on this planet deserve as much of a chance of life as I do.

I'm certainly no Buddhist, and see no harm, for example, in culling deer for the benefit of the herd, but if I have a chance to give some creature a helping hand, as in cattletruck's example, I will, even if it's only helping a spider out of the bath.

(Although thinking about it, if I lived in Oz like cattletruck I might think twice about that one )
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Old 9th Nov 2013, 17:13
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Once I resued a large seagull- span maybe 2m- that was in a spot of trouble.

After a while it seemed to perk up and I picked it up to try and warm or comfort it. It looked at me very gratefully, then quickly leaned over and pecked a large chunk out of my bottom lip, which caused very copious bleeding for me, and a sort of knee jerk vertical launch for Mr Gull, followed by his airborne departure from the scene.

A happy ending for him and a good lesson for me.
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Old 9th Nov 2013, 18:53
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That's a heartwarming story, cattletruck - thank you for posting it.

I remember some years ago the owner of a hotel, where I entertained with music and song once a week, told me he had rescued a distressed Manx Shearwater and the time had come to release the bird back into the wild. We walked up to the edge of the cliffs and he held him high and let him go. We held our breath as he dropped towards the water. Then he got the lift from the waves and off he went. It was a wonderful and poignant sight.
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Old 9th Nov 2013, 20:31
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I saved myself tonight: eight wild pigs - piglets, several sows, and a mean & tusked boar at the head - coming towards my front gate. Wife shouts "get in here you --- and push the close button".

Kindness to myself takes precedence to animals.
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Old 9th Nov 2013, 20:43
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Cattletruck, could it have been a muttonbird?

Just Dead Tired: Mutton Birds
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Old 9th Nov 2013, 22:17
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Old 10th Nov 2013, 00:02
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Here he is

mphysflier, I think you are right, and that also fits in with what the surf lifesaving club member saw in the water during his morning swim, unfortunately he thought they were ducks.

From the link:
Short-tailed shearwaters leave Bass Straight in late April-early May, fly north east across the Pacific Ocean and on to the Bering Sea between Russia and Alaska to the Australian winter in the northern hemisphere. They live almost constantly on the wing returning to their islands via the east coast of Australia, to breed in late Spring and Summer.
Wow, that's quite a journey for such a little taca.

Just thinking out aloud, it would have been nice if our surf lifesaving clubs also taught their members something about local native wildlife and their seasonal habits. I know the general rule is don't interfere with the wildlife, but having found it sitting in the middle of the footpath near a busy road, I strongly doubt the walking lycra yuppie brigade would care enough to do anything about it.

But it was a great sight to see him spread those weary wings once more and launch himself effortlessly into the air to fly out over bay.
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Old 10th Nov 2013, 00:13
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Two issues with birds after heavy weather / long journeys where they
just end up crashing onto the dry land.

One, as you found, they just want to rest.

The other with sea birds like these and others (Albatrosses etc) is
when they are feeling better, they are very clumsy at walking on
land and also need somewhere to take off from, or launch themselves
off a cliff type with plenty of wind.

But you did the right thing
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Old 10th Nov 2013, 00:16
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Old 10th Nov 2013, 00:35
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A very touching story and I take my hat off to your humanity...

But - it may have just been tired & sh*gged out after a long flight.
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Old 10th Nov 2013, 04:40
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Yep Sooty Shearwater, aka Mutton Bird
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Old 10th Nov 2013, 05:27
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Cattletruck , I too live in Melbourne and I too like birds, or did.
At approximately 2.15 this afternoon I was driving from the city and approaching the Westgate Bridge in my shiny new Honda.....pride of my life.
Suddenly there was a "splosh" and biggest load of bird s**t I've ever seen landed on the bonnet and then transferred itself to my wind screen. I'm now looking for the b****y Seagull that did it. If you find one injured on the beach during one of your walks in the future just let the bugger die !
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Old 10th Nov 2013, 05:36
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"shiny new" is what did it, never wash your car and that will not happen again.
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Old 10th Nov 2013, 05:54
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Well done Cattletruck!!....I sure am no tree hugger, but have saved a few birds over the years, not in me to just walk on by!...you showed great thought to be aware of selfish dog owners, releasing their hounds in the Dunes!!

I believe they eat mutton bird in Tassie, a old neighbour (Ex Taswegian) told me.....

This chap (below link) John Patterson used to sell 'Vita-Tan', it was a popular Sun Tan lotion of the 1950s, John used to get around in an old Rolls Royce with a stuffed mutton bird where the Rolls Royce 'winged lady' thingy used to be...when asked if he ever used it he used to say (words to the effect) "Why would I squeeze a dead bird and smear what comes out of its @rse over my body" People used to queue up for it though!.....I think he also used to sell it at places other than Surfers Paradise beach as well!


The top 2 right hand pictures....the second shows his old roller...
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Old 10th Nov 2013, 06:36
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Sounds like you passed up the opportunity of a free dinner.
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