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    Default The galah game

    Banjo has always chased birds. Any bird. The most fun are those swifts - swallow like birds - because they are so fast and just fly round and round in big circles low to the ground. The most excellent exercise! But we haven't seen them at our dog walking spot for a while. Magpies are fun if they chase her back. Fun for me to watch anyway. Most of the other birds are boring as they just fly to the nearest tree.

    Except for the galahs. They will often take off fairly slowly, and either land a bit further and take off again or fly around in a big circle. Making lots of noise. And Banjo just runs and runs after them until the birds get fed up and land on the power lines or until I call her. I imagine that she thinks that the birds are actually playing a game of chasie with her and it often actually looks like that too. They seem to slow down to let her catch up and then speed up again. It is the best exercise for her if there are no dogs to play with. Especially because the galahs fly in circles so there's not the risk of Banjo wanting to follow them across the road or running too far away. Though she easily runs round the whole big oval a few times.

    My old dog used to chase them when she was young and I just love the sight and sound of a big flock of galahs circling the oval and seeing the pink-grey-pink-grey with every turn.

    And lately I've noticed that the local magpies and peewees will let Banjo run right past them when she is chasing the galahs. They seem to know that she won't show any interest in them. Pretty stoic birds to stay put when she seems to be running straight at them at full speed!

    Sorry, that was probably an utterly boring story to most of you, but I love that kind of stuff...

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    Oskar stalks birds lol, but he doesn't have buckleys at getting any lol!!

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    Lol Rexy loves chasing birds too! There are these two black and white small birds that dive for him and then fly away, then come back again (i don't know what they're called), we usually come across them on our afternoon walk in the same spot all the time lol, it's like these birds are teasing him & he can chase them for ages. One time there were two black crows on a cockatoo? he ran through the long grass and the three birds flew off - he nearly bloody caught the cockatoo the poor thing, thank god it got away just in time!! i love watching him, looks like he's free and hasn't a care in the world

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    I think the galah game is great entertainment for many dogs..........Tessa loves to run into a flock too. And i agree, i think the galah's do know that the dogs cannot get them and almost tease the dogs
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    Sounds like they are peewees. I reckon they suffer from small bird syndrome. lol

    I am a bit worried about the cockatoos too. They are so slow in taking off.

    But Banjo did once meet a noisy miner chick on the ground and didn't harm it and came when I called, so I am hoping she wouldn't actually kill the birds if she got close to them. I was almost deaf after that encounter though with the whole noisy miner family doing their name justice.

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    This is a bit shocking considering Barney is a pretty solid heavy boy and not especially agile or quick...but he has caught birds before.

    We used to live in this house at the beach in NZ, and I caught him a couple of times with birds in his mouth....anyway, one time I was washing dishes and watching him out the window. This bird comes swooping down at him, and he watches it, then jumps at the right moment and just grabbed it right out of the air. It was ridiculous.

    I dont think he means to kill them, but I thnk just grabbingthem and falling back down to the ground was always enough momentum to snap his jaws on the bird and crush it.

    Thank god he hasnt done it for many years...I found it a bit disturbing lol

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    Nero likes chasing birds too. He doesn't show any interest in Cockatoos or Galahs but he loves to chase Magpies and Seagulls. I watched him one day charging at this cocky little Magpie - who didn't fly off. He stood his ground just staring at Nero. As Nero approached he ran slower and slower until he just stood in front of the Magpie obviously very confused *lol* He stood there, looked at the magpie, looked at me, looked at the magpie again... and then turned around with a little whine to come back to me So I always thought he wouldn't do anything to them but one day, not long ago, I found a dead pigeon in our garden

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    I found a couple of dead wattle birds in our front yard a while back, but I'm still not sure if Banjo killed them.

    And Lala, that description of Barney snatching birds out of the air sounds very zen. lol

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    LOL at very Zen....I guess it was a bit liek that actually. he just Knew when to jump.

    Gave me a shock anyway...usually he cant be bothered to jump at al LOL

    He hasnt done it for years though thank god

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    I wouldn't worry about the bird if she managed to catch up to a cockatoo! Those beaks are pretty scary xD

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