As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday, 4 April 2014

CRUELTY TO BIRDS: Elderly man charged with animal cruelty after shooting birds at Cabramatta

Updated Tue 1 Apr 2014, 10:22am AEDT

An 80-year-old man who shot at birds sitting on powerlines in Sydney's south-west has been charged with animal cruelty.

Residents called police after witnessing several birds killed on Links Avenue at Cabramatta.

Police found two dead Currawong birds and a third bird suffering a gun-shot wound when they arrived.

The injured bird was taken to the local vet for treatment.

The 80-year-old was found by police driving his car nearby.

Officers searched his home and seized two rifles, ammunition and the man's firearm licence.

The man will face court charged with aggravated animal cruelty and discharging a firearm in a public place.

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