February 28, 2016 10:30am
REX JORYThe Advertiser
DUSK in the little town of
the is astonishing. Every
night since Christmas tens of thousands of white corellas or bare-eyed
cockatoos have descended on Aldinga in plague numbers. Fleurieu Peninsula
It’s like a scene from the Alfred Hitchcock thriller, The Birds. It is an extraordinary and frightening sight magnified by the shrill and piercing call of the birds. The vivid white cockatoos are trashing the town.
Residents and business people are powerless to stop the daily invasion which starts around 7pm and lasts beyond midnight. The corellas are incredibly noisy, offensively messy and brutally destructive.
The little town is littered with white feathers, splashes of cocky droppings and twigs and pine cones which the birds strip from the town’s native and introduced trees. Aldinga looks a bit like the bottom of a giant cocky cage. The possibility of health dangers from faeces and feathers can’t be ignored.