Another Blooper

Subject: Another Blooper
From: brian fleming <>
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 14:21:08 +1100
I was on the beach at Point Lonsdale, some years ago, observing a Little Raven which appeared to be subduing prey. Heavy pecks were repeatedly directed at something on the sand, and I was pretty sure I could see a long thin tail thrashing about. It picked up the prey item and flew to a low branch. I hastily took a photo! More pecking and thrashing - was that a small black leg and foot, with claws, beside the tail ? Small mammal, say a mouse? I was quite excited by the time it dropped the item and flew off. I hastened to investigate ... It was part of a dried, black mummified banana peel divided into a number of longways strips - one narrow one was the tail, a truncated, ragged shorter part was the leg. What the Raven found to eat on it I really don't know!

   Anthea Fleming

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