Dragonfly eating hobby

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Subject: Dragonfly eating hobby
From: "Angus Innes" <>
Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2007 11:07:41 +0100
In Europe, the emergence of significant dragonfly numbers in the summer
leads to a change of diet for the hobby from small birds to the
dragonflies (and damselflies). Wetland areas (eg, the WWT's London
Wetland Centre - only 4 miles from Westminster) are suddenly the subject
of daily visits by Hobbies hawking low over the water for this abundant
prey. The prey is usually eaten on the wing - with the Hobby  holding
the captured dragonfly in its' talons and bringing the talons and
dragonfly forward and beak and head under and backwards. Quite a sight -
and it happens time and time again as you watch.
Angus Innes.

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