As I was walking towards the shops at Point Lonsdale I was visited by this rather energetic little bird – a Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys). They are almost always in motion, swishing their tails from side to side like a clock work toy. If they get cross – and they seem to have very short tempers – they flare the white stripes above their eyes.
I think this one was very used to people and a day later he almost landed at my feet as we spent a last few hours drawing in the sand and generally not wanting to go back to work!
They are a very vocal and sometimes aggressive little bird – I’ve watched them attack magpies and they will often attack cats if they get too close to a nest. It must be hard work being that small!
I suppose it’s another example of a bird named for its supposed likeness to a bird from the far North of the world.
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Enjoy the birds.