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22 Nov

Of lizards and birds

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alt=”” width=”614″ height=”461″ />On the 2nd day of the Whale Trail we met this magnificent rock agama and he illustrated the concept of selective conspicuosness. His brightest colours are below his neck. So he positions himself on a high rock and bobs his head. In this way the lizards get an excellent view of his brilliantly coloured neck, but the birds of prey above do not! Pretty smart.

Later we saw a male Cape Sugarbird who deals with a similar challenge differently. He is drably coloured but has a long streaming tail. When he wants to impress the babes he flies above the bushes with his tail streaming behind like a banner dragged behind an aeroplane.

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