Magpie Hunter - AS SEEN ON TV!

Rebecca from Prime News brought Russel The Cameraman up to my house to interview me about the seasonal magpie danger.

During the next 8 week magpies become aggressively protective of their nesting areas. I told them it only lasts for 8 week, and if you disturb the nest the birds will simply build another and be aggressively protective for another 8 week. So you prolong the problem by interferring. Killing or relocating the parents means we have a nest full of chicks to raise by hand.

"What advice can you give to people threatened by magpies?"

Wear a hat. If it's an old hat you can paint big eyes on the back so the bird thinks it's being watched. Teachers of young kids can hold hat-making sessions using ice-cream containers. If you're going to the shops take an umbrella with you - the birds won't attack under an open umbrella. When I have to rescue young birds I use an old bike helmet.

(caption) Den Whitton - WIRES Volunteer

You know you're at a WIRES BBQ when:
...Someone says "I wouldn't mind visiting the Australia Zoo, except for the FUCKHEAD running it."

...The babies are small, cute, and have tails.

...Someone says "Don't use that milk in the coffee! It's for the joey."

...or "Come on kids! Back in your pouch."

...or "It was only a king-brown snake, no big deal. I picked it up and put it in the bag and the people were disappointed that there was no hissing and thrashing and Crikey!"

...or "I hear you've been doing a lot of euthanasia, Dr Kevorkian." "Yeah.... um... Don't ask what's in the mince patties."

...The discussion turns to "Ether or Chloroform? Which is better?"

...You take sausages, and return with a galah

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