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A friend, who doesn’t have internet access, has a problem. His TV antenna is a magnet for birds and he’s always cleaning their droppings off the roof. He has water tanks and doesn’t like the idea of drinking a guano cocktail every time it rains. In a shop in Brisbane he found a life-sized, perfect replica of a Peregrine Falcon. The man in the store assured him it would scare off the birds permanently and he was relieved of a serious amount of cash. Risking life and limb, he managed to attach the falcon to the top of the TV mast. As you can see in the picture, it works a treat – not! Any ideas?
Nice photo Wazza, what sort of birds are they?
The Falcon doesn’t seem to be doing a great deal as movement is also important. I have seen them strung from posts & trees with greater effect than bird boy is having.
G’day Porgey. They’re just common Butcherbirds.
I thought they were. I find them (short) seasonal so hopefully they will go away.
Has there habitat been disturbed recently? They are immensly territorial during breeding season and am surprised they are dropping heaps of turd on your friends roof rather than protecting there nests..
Oh its that time of year again and the birds are madly building nests and making lots of noises.
I don’t have antenna problems but have problems with the magpies pulling up all the threads from my outdoor carpet, every day I’m shooing them away with bits of threads in their mouths. Even the crows are pulling the hibiscus branches to make nests.
Swooping time is fast approaching too!
We don’t worry about the extras in the water, and I really don’t see that putting a replica of a Peregrine Falcon will solve anything as other birds will come and check it out and others will try attacking it trying to make it leave the area.
OK, it’d cost more money, but how about an internal antenna? Our home encumberances actually stipulate that you can’t have an external antenna so many people have one in the roof cavity. Not sure how effective they are in country areas, however….
If these replica predators work at all they need to be moved around or the butcher birds will see it as more of a statue than a predator.