I think I’m being pranked.
Yet another thing that humans had reserved for themselves – intentional use of fire, seems to be falling by the wayside.
Black kites and brown falcons in Australia have been documented dropping burning twigs in areas outside of the fire’s reach in order to flush out tasty bits of protein-lizards, insects, mice.
Competition is fierce at the fires, as the prey animals basically escape the flames just to meet their end in the talons of raptors.
So an arsonist streak gives these birds the chance to have the animals fleeing immolation all to themselves.
Don’t believe me? Here’s a second source. In the meantime, hats off to inventive and bold birds.