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Willy Wagtail

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I noticed this cute Willy Wagtail checking for worms and grubs after the farmer did a row of ploughing 🙂

And, when the farmer came round on his tractor for the second row, he was very different from the stereotypical, picture book farmer . . . dreadlocks! Surely that’s a twist for an interesting story 🙂

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  1. Philomena Essex said:

    Do Willy Wagtails come in chocolate? Today is the start of Chocolate Winterfest at Latrobe, a small town not far from Devonport. The whole weekend is dedicated to chocolate… what a weekend. The town is hopping with visitors from all over the state and from interstate. There used to be an event where local writers would try their hand at writing poems about chocolate these have been incorporated into a book entitled Beyond the Chocolate Box. It also contains illustrations from design students at the local college. Latrobe Council have had the book published and it will be launched at the beginning of the festivities this evening. I have been honoured by being asked to recite one of my poems at the launch where all contributors will be presented with a free copy of the book. The books will be on sale in Latrobe and also at Anvers Chocolate factory, from whence comes all the yummy chocolate, for $10.00 per copy. I hope they sell lots of our books as Latrobe Council have been very good to the writers in the area for a very long time. If you ever need something to brighten up your winter, come to Tasmania and see it for yourself.

  2. What a weekend, indeed! Congratulations on having your poem published. Your writers are lucky to have such a supportive council.

  3. What a beautiful bird, Lancer! I’m certain it has a much more ‘scientific/botanical” (?) name, so I’ll just Google Willy Wagtail!

    Dreadlocks, hmmm…they’re not usually associated with ‘hard, manual labor’, at least not here in the States. Wondering what he’s planning to plant, as there looks to be an awful lot of ‘stalky’ rubble in that field?

    • Ah, from Wiki:

      “Rhipidura leucophrys leucoprhys”

      The Willie Wagtail is insectivorous and spends much time chasing prey in open habitat. Its common name is derived from its habit of wagging its tail horizontally when foraging on the ground. Aggressive and territorial, the Willie Wagtail will often harass much larger birds such as the Laughing Kookaburra and Wedge-tailed Eagle. It has responded well to human alteration of the landscape and is a common sight in urban lawns, parks, and gardens. It was widely featured in aboriginal folklore around the country as either a bringer of bad news or a stealer of secrets.

      Thanks so, Lancer…I learned something new today!

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