Sighting

Gordon Claridge 18 Nov 2017

Little Friarbird - Philemon (Microphilemon) citreogularis with dragonfly

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Sighted 14 Nov 2017
Temporarily Closed Rd, Vinegar Hill QLD 4343, Australia

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  • Gordon Claridge 18 November 2017
    Philemon citreogularis
    (species)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Chordata: Aves: Passeriformes: Meliphagidae: Philemon: citreogularis
    Common Names: Honeyeaters, Australian chats, Little Friarbird
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Notes

  • Gordon Claridge 18 November 2017
    Tagged With hawking
    Gordon Claridge says

    Little Friarbirds have been spending a lot of time getting nectar from our grevilleas but occasionally they perch in a nearby dead tree and hawk insects. Usually the insects are too small to identify, but this dragonfly was so large that the friarbird spent quite a while bashing it on a branch and then trying to position it so that it could be swallowed. Even the swallowing was a time-consuming process for such a large insect. The Dragonfly is an Australian Emperor - Anax papuensis. Thanks to Glenda Walter, Rod Hobson, Chris Burwell and http://www.therebedragonflies.com.au/index.html for assistance in identifying the dragonfly.

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