Red Wattlebird eating spinebill??

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Subject: Red Wattlebird eating spinebill??
From: "Arwen B. Ximenes" <>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2008 12:45:18 +1000
Dear Birders,

Yesterday I witnessed nature in action in it's more gruesome state - I was 
sitting in the living room and was aware of some avian generated commotion 
outside when suddenly there was a thump on the window. Racing over to see who 
it was and whether it was damaged I was surprised to see a Red Wattlebird on 
the driveway pecking away at a poor lifeless Eastern Spinebill. More commotion, 
squabbling Red Wattlebirds and a couple of Currawongs, in the end a Pied 
Currawong makes off with the prize. A moment later a young Red Wattlebirds is 
sitting on the window sill looking in (or probably at it's reflection). A few 
sad feathers from the spinebill are still stuck to the window.

I was surprised because I really didn't expect a Red Wattlebird to be eating a 
spinebill - is this usual - perhaps it was feeding the young bird? I don't know 
how young it was but it had very small red wattles.

......................................... Arwen Blackwood Ximenes
Lawson, Blue Mountains, 
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