Not many visits to the local bush go by without coming across Varied Sittellas. These small woodland specialists move in tight flocks foraging for insects along the branches and trunks of eucalypts. I’ve often seen them pause to swallow prey, but its unusual to actually see the victim. On this occasion one of the party has clearly snaffled a small spider.
No doubt they consume hundreds of these on a daily basis – just another part of the complex web of life in our wonderful box-ironbark ecosystem.