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Old 8th Sep 2019, 21:27
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It's the locals you have to watch out for not the native animals !!
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Old 8th Sep 2019, 21:34
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The satirical laugh of the Kookaburra. Ha bloody Ha!
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Old 16th Sep 2019, 10:39
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Interesting - they look a lot different to the magpies we get here in the UK, I think they are actually a different species. Ours don't attack us either!
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Old 16th Sep 2019, 10:55
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Magpies... one for sorrow isn't it? Certainly in this case.

Looks more like a crow or a rook, but they are all members of the Corvine family along with the magpie and jay I think.
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Old 16th Sep 2019, 11:23
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Magpies... one for sorrow isn't it? Certainly in this case.

Looks more like a crow or a rook, but they are all members of the Corvine family along with the magpie and jay I think.
Sorry. Not related.

Artamidae vs corvidae

Australian crows belong to corvidae family, but not magpies
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Old 16th Sep 2019, 12:10
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South Australia (the state) should be vaguely familiar to UK residents of a certain age.

Some of the things ' that could kill you ' were imported by the UK MOD, delivered to Maralinga and detonated.
Something they failed to tell the indigenous population who woke up in the morning to an exceptional sunrise and a mushroom cloud.

Early on the morning of October 15, 1953, Lester heard a "big bang" in the distance. This was followed by a dark, ominous-looking cloud which drifted low over the ground like a slow-moving dust storm, bringing with it an unpleasant smell.
A tiny speck in the vast South Australian outback, the area around Walatinna was regarded as "depressingly inhospitable to Europeans" by early colonizers, few of whom settled there. But Indigenous people had a long history in the region, including Lester's tribe.
As the dark cloud settled over the Walatinna camp, the tribal elders attempted to ward it off, thinking it was a malevolent spirit. In many ways they were right.
As those exposed to it later told investigators, the black mist caused their eyes to sting and their skin to break out in rashes. Others vomited and suffered from diarrhea.
It took almost three decades until the cause of the mist was acknowledged as the Totem I nuclear bomb test, as Indigenous people had been claiming for years.
That test was one of a number conducted in the 1950s and '60s, not by the Australian government, but by its former colonial master, the UK. Today, 65 years after the Totem I test, the effects are still being felt in South Australia and beyond.
The most devastating effects were suffered by two groups: Australian and British soldiers working on the tests themselves, and the Indigenous populations local to Emu Field and the later testing site of Maralinga.


While some concern was paid to their safety during the tests, it was often cursory at best. A single "native patrol officer" given the thankless task of having to try and inform Indigenous residents of the potential dangers had a 100,000 square kilometre region to cover.


Nor did the British much seem to care. One prominent member of the testing team, Sir Ernest Titterton, later said that if Indigenous people had a problem with the government, they should vote it out, ignoring that Indigenous Australians did not have full political rights until 1967.


Another senior official, in a letter to his superiors, complained that W B MacDougall, the man with the dubious task of trying to protect the local Indigenous populations, was "placing the affairs of a handful of natives above those of the British Commonwealth of Nations."


"The harm done to the Aboriginal people is one of the most shameful aspects (of the tests)," Tynan said. "Nowhere in the British records is there a sign of even the slightest concern for the Aboriginal people."






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Old 16th Sep 2019, 13:08
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Originally Posted by WingNut60 View Post
Sorry. Not related.
I'll have to eat crow then...
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I'll have to eat crow then...
I don't know anyone who's ever done that.
Parrots, emus, yes. Never crows.
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I was cycling outside of Napier, NZ on a back road when - wham - something really nailed my helmet and scared the shit out of me. Magpie. Lucky I was wearing a helmet as the attack was very agressive. Needless to say I was very cautious returning.
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I was cycling outside of Napier, NZ on a back road when - wham - something really nailed my helmet and scared the shit out of me. Magpie. Lucky I was wearing a helmet as the attack was very agressive. Needless to say I was very cautious returning.
Feral magpie, introduced from Australia!
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Old 16th Sep 2019, 18:27
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I assume the first English-speaking settlers would have seen these birds and called them magpies because of a resemblance to the European variety. Same thing with robins in the USA, which although superficially similar are a different species to the European robin
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When I visited the Farne Islands years ago the Terns would attack and take hair and flesh off you, the staff at the time used to wear woolly hats with a clothes pegs clipped to the top and standing vertical, a bit like the WW1 German helmets, it was sufficient to stop an attack run by the birds.
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Old 17th Sep 2019, 00:05
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When I visited the Farne Islands years ago the Terns would attack and take hair and flesh off you, the staff at the time used to wear woolly hats with a clothes pegs clipped to the top and standing vertical, a bit like the WW1 German helmets, it was sufficient to stop an attack run by the birds.
But why do they wear them in the pub?
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To avoid somebody saying, "It's your tern to buy!"
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It's OK, this swan's on me.

(Anyone who believes that must be very gullible...)
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You should try collecting emu eggs from a male emu who is trying to hatch them! Very aggressive and for those non Aussies the female lays the eggs and pisses off and leaves the male to incubate and then rear the young and the silly sod repeats the exercise the following year.
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Old 17th Sep 2019, 11:17
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Never underestimate emus. In 1932, a small unit of the Australian Army armed with Lewisguns declared 'war' on emus that were considered a pest in Western Australia.

The result...On 8 November, representatives in the Australian House of Representatives discussed the operation.[6] Following the negative coverage of the events in the local media,[14] that included claims that "only a few" emus had died,[4] Pearce withdrew the military personnel and the guns on 8 November.[4]

After the withdrawal, Major Meredith compared the emus to Zulus and commented on the striking manoeuvrability of the emus, even while badly wounded.
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Old 17th Sep 2019, 18:00
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Eating a crow.

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I'll have to eat crow then...
I have a great recipe for you....

Step 1. Dispatch and prepare the crow for the pot.

Step 2. Find an old axe head, or something similar and place crow and axe head in the pot and cover with water ( salt and pepper optional).

Step 3. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for a few hours. When you think it is done....

.....discard the crow and eat the axe head.

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