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Sunday, 25 March 2012

Groundscraper Thrush.

While drinking my early morning coffee this morning, I watched this early bird looking for an early worm. 

Groundscraper Thrush. (Psophocichla litsitsirupa). When moving around on the ground these birds have a very erect posture, causing their tail to scrape the ground, hence the name.  

A view from the back. These birds hunt earthworms and insects. As I was leaving for church this morning I watched one haul a worm from it's hole. As luck would have it, I had no camera with me.


Shoreman said...

I remember how hard it was to get a night crawler out when it was part way in the hole. This Thrush must have a special talent.


Phillip said...

Hi Mark,
I suppose the bird manages to grab the worm unexpectedly. They have lots of experience at this.

Judy's Corner said...

Beautiful photos! I love the "quiet time" when the birds are all busy getting their share before the competition arrives on the scene!

Jo said...

Phew Phil, that 's a very special sighting. One that has "twitchers" twitching uncontrollably ha-ha! I haven't ever seen this bird before. Well done! I'm commenting from Dar es Salam sitting on the edge of the ocean. Looks just like Durban North here. So beautiful and the water is crystal clear. AND I have the fastest Internet here in the city. What a treat. Have a lovely weekend. Love and blessings, Jo