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    Built-in predator detectors?

    Since yesterday was warm and sunny I took my 7 year-old girl Shayvele out to the little park behind my building. She generally is happy to sit quietly on the bench next to me and get some UV but yesterday she seemed really restless. She kept turning around and looking up at me. I then heard some familiar warbling and looked down to see a magpie about a metre from my feet, looking hopefully up at me. Might she have noticed the bird before I did? Do they come wired for this? Or was it just coincidence. We went back in, as the magpie just hung around.

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    Hmm interesting,I don't think a full grown beardie would be an attractive feed for a maggie.Although they would definitely be interested in hatchies or juvies.
    A kite or wedgie would be more likely to go an adult I would think.
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    I was thinking that too but I did read on a magpie-lover's website that they eat cane toads by flipping them over and eating them bottom up. A beardie and cane toad are about the same size. I wonder if they're pre-programmed to protect themselves when little and the memory stays? I recall some years ago sitting on a rock near a pond after bushwalking, with a red-bellied black snake sunning itself on the next rock. The snake suddenly made for the pond, just as a kookaburra called. The snake was way too big to eat as an adult, but maybe it had the same juvenile programming. Dunno...

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    ah yeah,kookaburra will attack anything no matter how big.Funny bird,we have had them steal snags out of our hands.
    So maybe it is in their tiny brains that birds are a threat,no matter what size.
    Remember how they react to people coming from above,this is why we recommend front opening enclosures.
    Now that I think about it ,my oldest beardie "Sarge"used to run to me if he heard birds call out,like he knew I would protect him.
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    our beardies would go full blown freak out mode before a kookaburra would call
    was past off by some older members but they were definitely worried before the call

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