Currawongs and leaf litter

To: <>, "Paul T." <>
Subject: Currawongs and leaf litter
From: "Peter Ormay" <>
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2009 20:23:45 +1000
Hi Paul,
Me too (think it might have been a Grey Currawong).  
A few years ago I noticed a Grey Currawong fossicking among forest litter while I was searching for a particular plant in Black Mtn Reserve. I kept an eye on the bird while I continued searching for the plant.  After a while it found a centipede and flew off with it. A couple of minutes later it was back, resumed searching and flew off with another centipede in the same direction. This happened a third time.  When I finished there I headed in the direction the currawong had flown and soon heard some fledgelings begging. The adult currawong landed beside one of them and stuffed a centipede down it's throat. I marvelled at these birds eating those nasty critters that can give Homo sapiens an excrutiating nip.
Peter O.
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