Saturday, 5 February 2011

Red Wattle Bird

Typically quick, nervous and flighty when they spot me I felt lucky to also get these shots of a foraging bird on Saturday. Perhaps I should head down the driveway more often : )
The name refers to the fleshy red wattle on the side of the neck. In this particular bird they are very small but grow bigger and get 'dangle-y' 


The curled leaf you see hanging in a web above his beak in the next shot must have contained a spider; as in the blink of an eye he stuck his long beak in there and when the leaf fell he was swinging down the tree to catch it quick as a flash! 

Red Wattle birds are the second most common visitors to our bird bath for a drink.

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