Monday, 31 August 2015

Pied Currawong

After a shower of rain the other morning, there were a lot of flying ants around the yard, and the birds were busy picking at them. Because I did not have a decent photo of a Pied Currawong, it was too good of an opportunity to not grab the camera while the birds were busy. The Pied Currawong was anting! At first I was wondering what it was doing, though after watching for a while I could see it was getting the ants and putting them on its feathers, and under its' wings.    
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anting_%28bird_activity%29

 Pied Currawong (Strepera graculina)






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12 comments:

Liz said...

Fabulous images of the Currawong!

mick said...

Very interesting post and a really great series of photos. I can even see some of those ants!

Stewart M said...

These are really nice shots of a great bird - they may eat the chicks of other birds, but they are great to watch and even better to listen to. Never seem them eating ants!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Modesto Viegas said...

Good series!!!

eileeninmd said...

Awesome looking bird and great photos!

Chris Rohrer said...

What a beautiful bird! Eat them ants!:)

Silver Parrot said...

Interesting bird - thanks for sharing!

Marie C said...

He is such a handsome bird! Why on earth does he do that, though. That is such odd behavior!

Margaret Adamson said...

I love their very yellow eye. Great shots

Lea said...

Great photos of an interesting bird!
I had to look up 'anting' on Wikipedia - I learn something new every day!

Mary Cromer said...

What a great looking bird and enjoyed the snaps!

Wally Jones said...

A new bird for me and a really great set of images showing this unique behavior! Very nicely done!