Red Wattlebird resourcefulness

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Subject: Red Wattlebird resourcefulness
From: "calyptorhynchus ." <>
Date: Wed, 30 Oct 2019 03:50:16 +0000
At a service station at Weston I was filling up with petrol when a Wattlebird called out above me. I looked up and saw it perched 10ft up on top of the pump where stainless steel pipes emerge and join to the rubber fuel hoses. It was licking the steel pipes. Presumably the petrol in the pipes is cold and water from the air condenses on the pipes which the wattlebirds use to keep hydrated.

John Leonard

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