Red Wattlebird chasing Pelican

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Subject: Red Wattlebird chasing Pelican
From: "Val Ford" <>
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2004 08:43:55 +1100
Hi all
Val Curtis's message about Red Wattlebird chasing Pelican has reminded me of a Straw-necked Ibis - Red Wattlebird encounter in my garden a few months ago. 
For two days I had a single Straw-necked Ibis feeding on my lawn.  It was collecting mainly underground spiders and inserting the full length of its bill to do so. 
The ibis was accepted by all the resident birds except a nesting Red Wattlebird which spent a lot of energy trying to get the ibis to move on which of course didn't happen until the ibis was ready to leave. 
As Val asked about the pelican I now ask why would a Red Wattlebird need to harass an a Straw-necked Ibis?
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