What we don’t see

White-browed Woodswallows often come to ground in search of insects, and when they are gathering nesting material. When this male descended I assumed it was gathering twigs for a nest (note the wispy cobwebs around the head), until I noticed the tail end of an Ichneumon wasp protruding from the bill – the insect was promptly swallowed by the woodswallow. The wasp would have been well camouflaged against the pebbly ground but was no match for the vision of the bird.

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Male White-browed Woodswallow, Plunkett’s Road Green Gully, 17th October 2015.

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White-browed Woodswallow with wasp.

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Another expert wasp-eater was snapped on the way home – perched in the fading afternoon sunshine.

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Male Rainbow Bee-eater, Newstead Cemetery, 17th October 2015.

One response to “What we don’t see

  1. Lovely

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