Thanks again everyone.
I have now uploaded a few more images to the same gallery showing it almost
getting it down then spitting it out.
Also a tighter crop to show the grub better.
If this changes anyones thoughts or confirms a more specific ID it would be
great to know. :)
On 11/06/2013, at 5:15 PM, David Stowe Photography <>
> Thanks everyone!! Really appreciate all the help guys!
> I'll try to put up a closer crop too which may or not be useful/interesting.
> Much appreciated!!
> On 11/06/2013, at 4:35 PM, wrote:
>> PS, I should have said that Xylotrupes is your garden variety Rhinoceros
>> beetle, probably Xylotrupes gideon.
>> When I was a kid we called these witchety grubs, and since "you can eat
>> witchety grubs" I tried. Well, it's not very nice because they are feeding
>> on dirt/rotting timber, so that's what they taste like. In contrast to true
>> witchety grubs which are wood feeders and quite tasty.
>> Eric Vanderduys
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>> CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences
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>> -----Original Message-----
>> On Behalf Of David Stowe
>> Sent: Tuesday, 11 June 2013 3:34 PM
>> To: <>
>> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Grub ID - Straw-necked Ibis prey
>> Hi all,
>> Wondering if someone can help me ID the grub in this image?
>> (In case the link gets broken - www.davidstowe.com.au - then look for a
>> Straw-necked Ibis image either in the recent images or via the Aus Birds
>> species accounts.)
>> I know the ID that i need isn't of a bird but i have a photo of a bird
>> eating it! It was so big that the bird had to have a couple of goes at it -
>> first time it gagged and had to spit it out!
>> Its been suggested a Witchetty Grub but would love to know more and what it
>> would become?
>> Photo was taken in Cairns (Centenary lakes) last week.
>> David Stowe
>> PS - there is also a few new images in there of the Great-billed Heron i
>> photographed at Centenary Lakes too.
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