Thursday, July 17, 2008

A butcher bird catching a mouse.

This is a picture of a butcher bird with a mouse in its beak that it had just caught in the garden. It grabbed the mouse from the ground then dropped it into the birdbath where the mouse swam around a few times before the butcher-bird grabbed it again (the picture) and flew off.
I'd be quite happy for it to do that more often. When we first moved in here 11 or so years ago a black-shouldered kite caught a mouse in the back yard. Since then we've planted more trees and shrubs so it's not so easy for raptors to see our pesky rodents.
If the bobtail skink (Tiliqua rugosa) was here again it could eat baby mice. I try and make the habitat suitable for these creatures but I suspect that lizard was just passing through. It's not very good lizard territory here anymore

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