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PostSubject: Photo of the Week   Fri Jul 26, 2013 10:20 pm

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You know how difficult it can be to find a good picnic spot where there are no ants. Well this bird has gone out of its way to actually sit on an ant nest. The photo, kindly sent in by Sandra Monk from Sussex, shows a robin engaged in an activity known as 'anting'.

Anting is where a bird literally lays over an ant nest and fans out its wings and tail. The ants understandably get a bit miffed at having a bird squatting on top of their home and so they start squirting formic acid at the bird. This is exactly the reaction the bird wants, as the acid drives out irritating parasites from its feathers.
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PostSubject: Re: Photo of the Week   Sat Jul 27, 2013 12:05 am

Whoah!!!....I thought it was dead...before reading....now that is one clever bird!!! I like Robins...they are pretty little birds....trouble is they are extremely territorial and nasty bits of work if any thing strays over their boundary!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Photo of the Week   Sat Jul 27, 2013 8:07 am

wow that is amazing !!

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PostSubject: Re: Photo of the Week   Sat Jul 27, 2013 11:03 am

Fabulous fact Helen lol x
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PostSubject: Re: Photo of the Week   Sat Jul 27, 2013 5:24 pm

I had never heard of it before x
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