Of all the avian visitors to my garden i think the Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) is about my favourite (OK – After the Red-Tailed Black Cockatoos!)
A native of Australasia and Papua New Guinea, its common name is derived from its habit of wagging its tail horizontally when foraging on the ground. Aggressive and territorial, the willie wagtail will often harass much larger birds such as the laughing kookaburra and wedge-tailed eagle. It has responded well to human alteration of the landscape and is a common sight in urban lawns, parks, and gardens. It was widely featured in Aboriginal folklore around the country as either a bringer of bad news or a stealer of secrets!
Wagtails are always immaculately dressed and are masters of precision movement on land or in the air as they hunt insects.
Not so much in water…
Now THAT is a bird bath!
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He really went for it didn’t he? 🙂
Recently on one of our warmest days after Winter, i saw him jumping in and out and then just sit down right in the middle luxuriating in the sun-warmed water. He stayed quite still in there for about 2 minutes, which considering how agitated he normally appears, was something of a record i think? 🙂