Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater behaviour

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Subject: Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater behaviour
From: "Robert Read" <>
Date: Mon, 7 May 2001 10:05:01 +0930
While walking past a small dam I saw a  Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater fly down from a nearby tree, land briefly (perhaps one second) on the surface of the water, well out in the dam, and then take off again.  It (or possibly another bird) repeated this action about half a minute later.
Has anyone else observed similar behaviour.  It seems strange that the bird should use such a risky methood of bathing rather than splash at the water's edge.
Robert Read
Alice Springs
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