Butcherbird hunting

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Subject: Butcherbird hunting
From: Bron King <>
Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 20:01:36 +1100
A dramatic event here in middle Melba this afternoon: I stepped out the back to check which small birds were drinking/bathing in our ponds when a loud "thwack" alerted me to a young Grey Butcherbird which by then had a young Superb Fairy-wren struggling in its beak. It landed within a metre of me, continued to try to rearrange the wren but dropped it.

The struggle went on out of sight under bushes with shouting cries from the other wrens who breed here.

I wonder what happened.. The butcherbird is sometimes heard singing here but it was a swift, silent attack.

Bron King

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