Drowning prey?.

To: 'Susan Robertson' <>, "" <>
Subject: Drowning prey?.
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2021 04:00:25 +0000
Well that is very innovative. A new one on me. Though Currawongs and ravens
are known to dunk food in water sometimes. This would seem to be a lot more
sophisticated. I wonder whether the book by Gisela Kaplan would have
anything similar.

-----Original Message-----
From: Canberrabirds
 On Behalf Of Susan
Robertson via Canberrabirds
Sent: Monday, 8 February, 2021 1:48 PM
Subject: Drowning prey?.

My daughter sent me this email and I could not give her any information on
this.  Is her theory correct?

"I was sitting on the couch watching the bird bath, and a magpie flew down
to it. It went straight in. Then it seemed to lift something out of the
water in its beak. It looked like a lizard or a spider - it had some long
bits hanging down. Then the magpie put its prey back into the water and held
it down with its foot. It did this several times. After a few minutes it
flew off with the prey in its claws.  I can only conclude it was drowning

Susan Robertson


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