First Catch your Snake. Magpie 1 Snake 0

Fresh from watching Alfred the Brown Falcon give hunting pointers for snakes, we were out at the WTP in the wind and the cold this afternoon, and to our collective surprise, a Magpie plopped down in the grass nearby.

With in a few seconds it emerged and with much delight took to the air with a snake in its beak.  Then we were lucky enough that it landed on a roadway about 50m up and so we went to looksee.
Maggie wasn’t that impressed with spectators, and after a bit of relocating sat down to the work of despatching said snake.
The high wind made it a bit more difficult for Maggie to concentrate, and to be honest,  I think it was quite cautious about its approach and even when the head had been removed after some difficulty, any slight movement of the carcass would have Maggie on the defensive and two steps back.
But it persisted and eventually got down to enjoying the remainder of the meal.

Well done Maggie.  And just to add a word of warning to others as much as ourselves we had not more than 10 minutes before been standing in that area working with a Black-shouldered Kite.   Time methinks to reconsider where we are standing.
Enjoy.

Maggie was on the alert all the time, any movement was considered with apprehension.
Maggie was on the alert all the time, any movement was considered with apprehension.
When you've only a beak, sometimes you have to be clever in the pickup.
When you’ve only a beak, sometimes you have to be clever in the pickup.
Quickly consumed.
Quickly consumed.
If it moves give it a jolly good shaking.
If it moves give it a jolly good shaking.
Hold, Rip and devour.
Hold, Rip and devour.
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