Everyone's a critic
A spotted catbird (left) sings, while a brush turkey (right) looks on
In A General History of Birds (1821), ornithologist John Latham described this bird as the 'New Holland vulture'.
He later corrected his misapprehension, but I am considering resurrecting the name. Not because of the appearance — although they do look very vulturine — but because the brush turkey is the rainforest species most likely to knock you over, then rip out and eat your still twitching liver, possibly washing it down with a nice glass of chianti. (I'm a bit vague on the chianti, because I'm not sure if any of the local bottle shops stock it. A turkey’d probably have to buy it in Cairns and bring it up the range. But I'm only speculating, you understand. They might wash down a liver with cask moselle for all I know.)
But look at these claws. I swear they're adamantium.
One of the turkey hens has kicked a hole in the screen door. Now she can slide the door open and get into the kitchen. Why does she want to get in? To raid the pantry? To knock me over and rip out my liver? To see if I've got any chianti in the cupboard, to save her the trip down to Cairns and back?
To take my shoes.
I find myself yelling, 'Don't you steal my shoes!' at the birds. I suppose this is good practice for my dotage.
I suspect my dotage is not as far away as I'd like.