Who is the killer?

We are extremely grateful to all of you who have given us so much information. I wish now, as Philip Veerman has done, that we had taken photos and left the carcass of the possum – we didn’t even think of it. We have noted more than 70 birds on our property, but if we . . . → Read More: Who is the killer?

Birding-Aus Digest, Vol 62, Issue 13

Gordon Claridges’ post makes it clear that Powerful Owls decapitate, which they could not do with their claws.

Thanks Gordon

QED

Cheers

Michael

Sent from my iPhone

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Powerful Owls

 

Tawny Frogmouth remains were by no means common in Powerful Owl pellets or remains at butchery trees but there were a few amongst the 24 pairs on the Georges River in Sydney. Dominant birds were parrots (cockatoos, galahs and assorted psittidae), corvids and the occasional kookaburra. The Frogmouth is a very . . . → Read More: Powerful Owls

Killer Claws

The mystery killer at Torquay prompts a question as to how avian raptors do actually kill their prey.

Despite their great hooked beaks, Wedge-tailed Eagles kill with their claws, using their beaks to tear up their victims, or any carrion they eat. Or so I once read.

Apart from Powerful Owls do any Australian Owls . . . → Read More: Killer Claws

Who is the killer?

We live on 3 acres just outside Torquay in Victoria.  There is of course quite a bit of activity at night but in the last few weeks we have had 3 occurrences which have left us wondering.  The first thing we found was a small amount of fur and an entrail at least 2 . . . → Read More: Who is the killer?

Fwd: amygdalin > hydrogen cyanide

I just did a quick review of the scientific literature of this issue. Ingested amygdalin is absorbed across the intestinal wall in birds, but isn’t metabolised, and is excreted intact in the urine (the liquid component of the droppings).

Kind regards, Stephen

Stephen Ambrose Ryde, NSW

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Fowl deeds in the chookhouse – permits issued for the export of endangered Australian parrots

See www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/11/australia-endangered-parrots-german-zoo-actp

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Fwd: amygdalin > hydrogen cyanide

And look how much good it did him. On 11 Dec 2018, at 8:46 pm, Chris King <chrisk58@gmail.com> wrote:

I think I remember that Jo Bjelke-Peterson was a fan!

On Tue, 11 Dec. 2018, 8:39 pm Carl Clifford <carlsclifford@gmail.com wrote:

Apricot kernel oil was touted as a cure for cancer for some years. . . . → Read More: Fwd: amygdalin > hydrogen cyanide

Fwd: amygdalin > hydrogen cyanide

I think I remember that Jo Bjelke-Peterson was a fan!

On Tue, 11 Dec. 2018, 8:39 pm Carl Clifford <carlsclifford@gmail.com wrote:

Apricot kernel oil was touted as a cure for cancer for some years. I don’t know if any people were killed by it. Neither do I know if any were cured. (No correspondence . . . → Read More: Fwd: amygdalin > hydrogen cyanide

Fwd: amygdalin > hydrogen cyanide

Apricot kernel oil was touted as a cure for cancer for some years. I don’t know if any people were killed by it. Neither do I know if any were cured. (No correspondence will be entered into. Carl Clifford

On Monday, December 10, 2018, Michael Tarburton <tarburton.m@optusnet.com.au> wrote: There is a lot of bad press . . . → Read More: Fwd: amygdalin > hydrogen cyanide