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.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Woman launches legal action against council over swooping bird attack

A VERMONT woman is sure to ruffle feathers after launching legal action over a swooping bird.

Eliana Deur-Davidson, 41, said she was was carrying her three-year-old niece through the Box Hill South Kindergarten carpark when a grey bird took aim at her head.

As she bobbed for cover, the musician said she lost balance.

“I ducked to the left and it went pear-shaped from there,” Ms Deur-Davidson told theHerald Sun.

“I screamed.”

Fearing her young niece would smash her head on the concrete, Ms Deur-Davidson said she went “into survival mode”, twisting her body to try to save the girl from injury.

She said she landed heavily on her knee.

Ms Deur-Davidson is now suing the City of Whitehorse after allegedly injuring her back in the fall in November, 2011.

She told the Herald Sun she had endured a traumatic two-and-a-half years, been sent to hospital three times, had two spinal injections and had to quit the job she loved as a youth worker.

Just last week she underwent a spinal operation.

She says she walks with a limp and cannot sit for more than 15 to 20 minutes.

“I’m not the sort of person to be bitter,” Ms Deur-Davidson said.

“I just feel like an injury has been sustained. I have to watch myself for the rest of my life.

“This injury could have been prevented. I just think they needed to take a little more care.”

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