Bassian Thrush tumours?

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sue818
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Bassian Thrush tumours?

Just back from Tasmania and checking my pictures from Hogarth Falls in Strahan. I had not realised that this Bassian Thrush had an issue with its feet and legs.  They look like tumours around the toes and the knee not bits of bush as I had thought.

Sue

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Hi Sue, see these articles, re diseases in birds - avian pox looks like the culprit, and although probably not in the case of this Bassian Thrush, can be spread by artificial feeding - now just waiting for Woko to again add his comments on artificial feeding haha (although it isn't really a laughing matter). The first is a US article, the second is UKbut I think the same applies here. Glad you got some new species in Tasmania. I must confess you would now have more than me, but I don't get out much these days.

https://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/publications/pamphlets/coping_with_birdfeeder_diseases_pamplet.pdf

https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/read-and-learn/helping-birds/disease/disease-garden-birds.aspx

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

sue818
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Hi Dale, thanks for the links and I agree that it looks like Avian Pox. Doubt anyone feeds them in Straham so maybe biting insects? I did not see anything else with it so hope it does not spread in such a lovely place.

We are making the effort in our retirement to see as much as we can and having a wonderful time doing so. It is getting harder to find a bird that I have not seen before but aside from a chance of improving the pictures, I just love being out in nature and studying the birds and their behaviour. It relaxes me and leaves me feeling content.

Sue

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Although the weather wasn't too kind, still sounds like you had a good trip.

Got a few years til retirement, hopefully then can spend more time travelling and taking in our great country.  Maybe then I can justify getting some better camera gear.

Dale Huonville, Tasmania

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