Tunnel denizens

While my recent attention has been drawn to the arriving Rainbowbirds, other less exuberant tunnel nesters are quietly going about their business. Pardalotes are tiny insectivorous birds, that belong to their own family Pardalotidae. We have two local species, the Spotted and Striated Pardalotes. This morning I watched a pair of Striated Pardalotes bringing food to an active tunnel at the Newstead Cemetery. Most visits involved the delivery of flower-spiders, gleaned from nearby shrubs.


Striated Pardalote, Newstead Cemetery, 31st October 2014.


The female entering the tunnel.


The male arriving with a bill full of spiders.


The female about to depart the perch.


One of the local Rainbow Bee-eaters watching over proceedings.

3 responses to “Tunnel denizens

  1. G’day Geoff

    We had our first Square-tailed Kite ever at our place in Fryerstown today.

    Cheers Damien

    Sent from my iPhone

    • That’s excellent Damien – no sign here yet this year but hopefully I’ll get a glimpse at some stage.
      Cheers, geoff

  2. Pardalotes are one of my favourites, I watched a number of them, busy with their nests in the walls of the old Eureka mine yesterday. Karen

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