Opportunistic Red Wattlebird

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Subject: Opportunistic Red Wattlebird
From: "Trevor Hampel" <>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2003 22:02:04 +1030
Hi there birders,

While waiting at traffic lights on my way home this evening I witnessed a
very opportunistic activity by a Red Wattlebird. It waited in a tree near
the lights and when all were on red and there was no movement in the
intersection, it swooped down and captured an insect (a bee I think)
fluttering on the road. It did this twice before the lights turned green for

This is the first time I have witnessed this kind of behaviour. My wife
witnessed it a few days ago at the same intersection, presumably the same

Happy birding

Trevor Hampel
Murray Bridge
South Australia

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