Willie Wagtail v Brown Falcon
I was amused while out in the garden yesterday as a Brown Falcon glided low over the tree tops nearby. Our resident Willie Wagtail was harassing the much bigger bird, seeing it off over the road.
It seems oddly out of place to see a Willie Wagtail, at about 20cm in length, attacking the falcon at about 50cm in length with a metre or so of wingspan. Willie Wagtails are quite often seen attacking birds many times their size. This is particularly so in the breeding season.
This brings me to another point. I have yet to find a nest of the Willie Wagtail this season. They usually nest within about twenty metres of the house. Not so this year. I wonder if it is the severe drought we are currently experiencing?