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Memories Of A Very Special Magpie

~  Bungwing ~

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Below are a couple more photo's of Bungwing you might like.      More information and stories on Bungwing a little further down on the page.

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This is Bungwing on the right and his wife.   Unfortunately Bung is no longer with us, due most likely I would think, to natural attrition.   He was there as usual and one day, simply did not return.   I called and called for days, but he was nowhere to be seen.    We have not seen him since.   A new very much younger male bird is in attendance on the remaining females, who are also in their 20's.  I am not too familiar with the habits of birds, but I suspect that Bungwing either moved aside to allow a younger male to take his place, or he simply came to the end of his natural life.  
I so miss the dear old chap - he was such a treasure, and for such a long time.   
 
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I have to tell the story of one particular day of 114F I thought I'd seen the last of dear old Bung.  This was a few years back.    I had been out in my car and arrived home to see 'a magpie' up against a neighbours fence with his wings spread right out, his head turned upward with neck arched backwards.  I was mortified and rushed over to him - I knew it was Bungwing.  And I thought he was gone - in the heat.    As I approached, he moved - then he assumed an upright position, ruffled his feathers and waddled off under a tree !   I went after him, still thinking the worst, wanting him to fly a few paces.  Well of course he wouldn't - and I am rummaging around under neighbour's bushes - flapping my arms (in the heat - whew) ... forgetting that Bung would never fly away from me.   I should've realised that.   
 
 Had a brilliant idea.   Went and got some meat from the refridgerator and whistled.   Oh he could fly alright.   Landed within a second on the balcony and received his treat.   Apparently he was 'sunning' himself !   IN THAT HEAT ?   I later on saw several other birds doing the same thing.   Perhaps it is in fact a way that they keep cool on a hot day - who knows - you would think they'd at least try to keep cool in the shade !!!!!!!!   That was one big fright over and done with.  

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We have many native Australian birds living, nesting and feeding in our garden.

 

Above was my precious Bungwing, so named as he had a mis-shapen right wing which hung down noticeably.   This didn't affect his ability to fly at all.     He became tame when very young, and I whistled for him to come and get some mince beef tucker, or sweet biscuits.  He would swoop down and sit on the patio railing, taking the food from my fingers - ever so gently.    He was usually accompanied by his wife.

 

He was always in the garden to greet me when I come home from shopping - softly warbling his greeting and waddling over to the car to stick his beak into the bags of shopping I had. 

 

It was priceless - - and very precious.

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Farewell my fine feathered friend.