This charming bird is well known throughout Australia. The Willie Wagtail swings its fan-tail from side to side and enjoys aerial acrobatics while foraging for insects. With wings and tail spread it often appears to cartwheel through the air! This one was watching me and moving swiftly away down the beach, catching prey as it went with a hop skip, twirl and flurry.
The Willie Wagtail was an important bird to Australia’s indigenous people and there are many Dreamtime stories about it … but here is a current day story from the Northern Territory, and the weather effects caused by harming a Willie Wagtail or Titjarritjarra.