Warou vs Pihoihoi

Warou and pihoihoi
inhabit the same niche and
are constantly
trolling for (mostly) teeny tiny insects

Warou in flight
swoop and swivel
in pursuit
hover alongside nooks and crannies
to pick up morsels

Pihoihoi wander and bobble
along the ground (mostly)
happily wagtailing while
pecking midst gravel and grass
and other growing things

These sets of birds are happy consumers
of seeds and any living morsels
NB they also eat cicadas!

Warou flocks
in their turbojet food gathering
seem oblivious of everything else

And yet
sentinel warou attack
and chase those seemingly innocent
wandering young pihoihoi
scaring them into flight

[Warou photo by Derek Tearne]

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