Opinion

LETTER: Bush turkey beauty in the eye of the beholder

A bush turkey guards his nest at Noosa Woods.
A bush turkey guards his nest at Noosa Woods. Warren Lynam

KEV Andrews (Daily, September 19) writes "Bush turkeys are not the most beautiful creatures of God's creation ...”

But beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Moving into this home with an allotment of native trees, lizards, varieties of birds and scrub turkeys, I vowed to work with them all and only plant natives.

A few years back I found one of the turkeys sitting under my tree, injured.

He could not walk or fly. I gave him water and food and he slowly recovered.

In August that year he started raking all the leaves into the front section until my place of natives looked like a park.

He worked from sunrise to sunset creating the nest and gathered his "three girls” who every night would sit on the fence to wait for him.

That summer 12 baby turkeys emerged. He nested there for the next three years and then suddenly left because my daughter, who had been working away, came home with her faithful border collie.

Yes, it took a dog to bark at him and chase him elsewhere. I missed him and his girls immensely.

So this is your solution - acquire a four-legged friend.

But if that fails, I did read that hanging wind chimes under trees also works.

But you have to admit he had intelligence to find your lovely garden and its perfect source of food.

BARBRA BACKEL

Mooloolaba


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