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Couple of behaviour observations 
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Hi all,

Two interesting behavioural observations I have made recently:

1. My brother while fishing at the weekend found Downy Emeralds were attracted to his bait while it was dangling on the line above the water. I guess they were inspecting it to see if it was a potential prey! This reminded me of a Japanese practice I read about once, where Japanese children would catch dragonflies by throwing small stones in the air connected by hairs / threads. The dragonfly would think it is a cloud of flies, and get caught in the threads and brought to the ground while trying to investigate (I dont advocate this BTW :) ) -

2. While filming a Common Blue damsel, I noticed he was swinging around the twig to always be on the opposite side of it from where I was. I have seen this before, but had time to experiment the other day, the weather was dull and he didn't seem to want to fly away. If I waved may hand to the left, he would swing around to the right of the branch, and vice versa. He even poked a solitary eyeball out to look around the twig, which was quite cute. I caught the whole thing on film, and will post it to the site shortly. I know Paul Ritchie got a photo of the eyeball peaking pose, so hopefully he will post it up to see.

Hope this is of interest.

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Wed Jul 07, 2010 8:46 pm
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Aah yes, sorry:-


Incredible to watch. This one had such personanlity...

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Thu Jul 08, 2010 7:06 am
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