Can anyone beat this?

My grandfather was a cool cat…if he could have he would have been a beachcomber but my grandmother had other ideas.

He taught me to drive…amongst many other things. A panel-beater by trade he made me trolleys, army helmets, and loads of other toys and stuff.

Driving with him was hilarious, especially on long trips.

He hated mynahs. He thought they had a bloody cheek to be here in the first place and then when driving towards them they arrogantly just shuffled off to the side to avoid getting hit, when other birds get moving quickly and fly away.

He spent his lifetime trying to run the buggers down.

The other day my Hawkes Bay mate sent me this pic…he, like my grandfather and me, hates mynahs. He nailed this one.

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I checked though and he wasn’t deliberately trying to get it so only half points.

Then last night I got back from my evening walk and another mate had sent me this.

Booyah! two at once.

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Not many people can claimed to have nailed a mynah in a car, let alone two.

Can anyone beat that?

I’ve sent this photo on to my Hawkes Bay mate…he isn’t best pleased…and say he will try even harder now.

Any day now my rabbit squealer will arrive then I’m off to snot some feral cats.

 


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  • Whafe

    A double rise so to speak is fantastic, I have only ever got one, and that was luck… Pesky hua’s they are….

  • Michelle

    Only got one but shot a few they are such a nuisance and beat up smaller birds
    l saw one grab a wax eye by the leg and whack it about as it wanted to get the persimmon the wax eye had been eating

    • LesleyNZ

      They are such horrible bullies.

    • jcpry

      Growing up in the Bay of Plenty mynahs were are real problem. We used to build starling boxes as the mynahs would invade the starlings nests and rear their own. One of my clients has an issue with these nuisances and has found the only way to get rid of them is to poison them.
      The island of Atiu has just about got rid of their mynah problem.
      http://www.cookislandsnews.com/item/48551-final-push-to-rid-atiu-of-mynah-birds/48551-final-push-to-rid-atiu-of-mynah-birds

      • All_on_Red

        Great story-hope they get them all.

      • LesleyNZ

        I loved reading this. There is a way to eradicate Mynahs if you have patience and know-how. I know there is a product that makes them sleepy – you spread it on bread like butter and then they eat it and then you can easily catch them, but how do you target the Mynah so as to not kill other birds/ Maybe they could be trapped in Starling boxes.

        Wish AKLD Council was just as concerned about this kind of environmental problem as they are about public transport.

        • jcpry

          The problem is that you build the starling box so the mynah cannot get in. However in regards poisoning you work on the fact that mynahs are clever and that they can be “trained” to do certain things at a certain time of the day in a certain place…….

          • Reaper

            They are very clever. I stayed at a place in South Africa that had a pet mynah living in the house that could talk, really quite well. One day it mysteriously disappeared. They kept saying they couldn’t figure out what had happened to it as it had never gone missing before. I knew exactly what had happened to it – my dog had eaten it, but I just pretended to be surprised and left the next day.

  • Spiker

    Two mynahs in one hit is unheard of, were there any independent witness’s? Guinness Book of Records may need some corroboration.

  • LesleyNZ

    Your grandfather sounds like he was just the perfect grandparent. He gave you time with fun and this kind of giving is something you never forget. Great photos and such a good read – absolutely true. I remember reading an article a few years ago about the Mynah bird. The author described them a “rats on wings” and they are a pest. They are the most awful noisy ugly birds. A few years ago a colony made themselves at home in the roof of the vacant neighbouring house. Drove us crazy with their incessant squawking all day. Finally got rid of them when the roof got fixed – but they are still around and bully the other common garden birds and native birds. I have noticed that they are now competing with the Tui for food – they also like to drink the nectar from the flax flowers.

    Wish Gareth Morgan would start a campaign to get rid of the Mynahs.

  • Ghost

    Best vision of a mynah, and I swerve where safe to make them little beggars fly, was one stepping backwards off my lane on a narrow gravel road, right under the tyres of an on coming car. Priceless.

  • Bob D

    In South Africa when I was a kid they took over our suburbs, chasing out the other birds. I was directed by my mother to shoot them in the garden, but they got wise and would dive-bomb me whenever I appeared with a rifle (clever birds those). Got a few scratches to the scalp from them.

    So I used to sit indoors in the shadows, open the window a crack, and shoot through the gap. They never knew where the shot was coming from, so after a while (and many dead Mynahs) they avoided our lawn.

    I’ve never managed to hit one on the road, and that’s after thirty years of trying.

    • jcpry

      You need it be closer to 160 than 100 to do it. Speed kills.

      • Excitedly awaiting Whodunnit

        Surely 101 is enough. Apparently thats enough to tip the speeding balance from 100

        • jcpry

          The Hillman Super Minx or the EH Holden cranked to about 85 (in real speed) on Te Matai Road used to get them. I reckon they judged the speed of the cars to about 50 but when you were going much faster their relaxed little jump to the side was often too late.

      • Bob D

        :-)

        My regular speed on the open roads over there was between 150 and 160, slowing to 140 under bridges (the cops used to lay cable traps in the shade of the bridges – harder to spot).

        Still never managed to bag even one of those damn birds. I did get a Guinea Fowl once though – it flew right up into the side of the car, big bang and it gave me a huge fright.

    • FredFrog

      Hmmm…..Bob D, from PMB? You also know Sue L?

      • Bob D

        Who used to be Sue D? If so then yes.

        • FredFrog

          That’s the one – we sat with you guys at her 40th, I used to go out with your distant cousin (Andrea D)

          • Bob D

            Sweet, good to see the PMB/Natal folk popping up all over the place, we definitely get around. I have cousins in NZ, Aus, Canada, UK, USA, Angola, and so on. Some are even still in SA!

  • cows4me

    Not many around here, they don’t seem to like the 12gauge for some reason.

  • Mark Harrison

    Saw a dead mynah on the side of the road by the river access at the end of Guppy Road the other day and commented that was an unusual sight.
    Let’s hope there is a plan to eradicate them.

  • Kitschinsync

    Sneaky buggers those Mynahs, out Franklin way our property crawls with them but I swear they now know the sound of my safety, they high tail it into the bush canopy everytime it clicks off.

    • Gekko

      You’ll likely pick up the younger birds who aren’t wise to your ruse

  • Gekko

    Mynahs are ‘sky rats’. I’m shooting about 3 a week and yet the population never appears to decline. I’ve setup a pheasant feeder in the garden which I can see from the kitchen window and the mynahs now feed from. The trusty Ruger .22 with a silencer is very effective. I found my air gun was a little light on dropping power. A 12g or 410 would be lethal but it would also hammer the native trees plus the arms offenders squad would be around after noise complaints.
    Like with feral cats, the hawks aren’t much interested in feeding on mynahs.

    • FredFrog

      The area of SA where I used to live many centuries ago is overrun with them.

      Best way to get rid of them is shoot one, and hang the corpse up in a very visible spot near to the problem area. The rest of them skedaddle in a hurry

  • oldmanNZ

    This is not a coincidence, with the zero speed tolerance, people has been driving slower, the mynahs pick up on this and hence calculate how much time they have before they get hit. If you drive a bit faster, which i do not recommend, the birds mis calculate and gets hit.

    So on certain roads, they know if its a 50km/h or 100km/h zone.

  • GoingRight

    Hubby can’t bear them either and chases them away from bird table at the beach house with loud clapping noises so the sparrows get a look in. We find in spring the tuis are great and dominant with the mynahs, chasing them away from the best nectar. The tuis get quite bossy but It is great to see.

  • bevanjs

    Coincidentally a recent theme for me has been that we don’t seem to have Myna’s [Top of South]. As an ex-North Islander I’ve only just noticed – another plus. Its a tough life putting up with all these grey warblers,, bellbirds, tui & fantails… :-)

  • Edward Bufe

    The European Starling and the Mynahs are the the worst two invasive birds to New Zealand. I think there should be a Mynah day like they have a rabbit day. Shoot the whole lot of them they are only destroying local bird species in NZ.

  • maninblack

    I nailed 2 of them in 2 seperate hits about 10k apart on the same journey. It was on the hauraki plains. I was stoked as!!

  • John Dodd

    What a bunch of amateurs. The person in the passenger seat carries a bucket of gravel from the side of the road then drops a handful just before you pass the Myna, rarely fails

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