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Cheeky Willie Wagtail bird uses Kangaroos to find its prey in Australia

Western Grey Kangaroos (Macropus fuliginosus) are abundant in Yanchep National Park in Western Australia. Western Grey Kangaroos are most active from late afternoon until the early morning, and rest during the day in the shelter of shrubs and trees. While feeding, most often on grass, Western Grey Kangaroos move slowly forward with an unusual "five-footed" gait, using their tails and forearms to prop while swinging the huge hind feet forward.

This female Kangaroo has a baby (called a “Joey”) in her pouch, and her larger Joey from last year nearby. A cheeky Wille Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) perched on her back as she moved, hoping to catch a small insect from around her feet. The bird moved back and forth from the female Kangaroo to her large Joey to the ground, then followed them as they bounded from the sports oval into the bush behind. (August 5, 2020)