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RE: Bird found using a lure to catch fish.


Your 3rd URL brings up a web page with the following passage:

Subaraj further added: "David Attenborough's film crew was keen to film this
(the little heron catching fish with bread bait at Singapore Botanic
Gardens) a few years ago and contacted me but unfortunately the Bird Park's
lake was undergoing renovation then and it was not possible."

Sir David Attenborough refers to Japan's green-backed heron using this
technique -- and using feathers as lures as well -- on pages 123-124 of his
book, _The Life of Birds_.  The documentary, "The Life of Birds," doesn't
present this behavior, but it does demonstrate a similar technique -- the
little egret shaking its yellow feet in the water to attract fish -- and the
companion book remarks on this technique on page 124.  Could this be the
footage you are thinking of?   
Ralph W. Miller III
Docent at the California Academy of Sciences
Dinosaur and Fossil Education
Member of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology

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Roberto Takata
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Subject: Re: Bird found using a lure to catch fish.

If I'm recollecting true memory, once I watched a documentary on TV
about birds - I think that it was with sir Attenborough - and there
was a heron fishing with bread baits.




Roberto Takata