Little Raven behaviour

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Subject: Little Raven behaviour
From: David Clark <>
Date: Sat, 29 Apr 2017 23:26:58 +0000
We are staying in the caravan park at Portarlington on the Bellarine Peninsula, 
Victoria, while we are between permanent homes.

This morning, as I was making breakfast, I was watching several birds foraging 
on the recently vacated sites near our camp.  A Little Raven found something 
that looked a bit like half a sausage.  It carried the object about 10 metres, 
placed it on the ground, excavated a small hole, put the object in the hole, 
then carefully covered it with tufts of grass that it plucked.  The Raven then 
continued foraging.

A Magpie Lark discovered the object and began pecking at the tufts of grass.  
The Raven then returned and began re-arranging the tufts.  This attracted the 
attention of a Silver Gull and the Raven retrieved the object, walked a few 
metres away and began eating it.  When the Silver Gull flew off, the Raven 
carried the object to a patch of slightly longer grass and hid it again.



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