A Mistletoebird at the cricket

I spent a little while over the weekend watching our local cricket team in action at the Newstead Recreation Reserve. Birdwatching was not on the agenda but I could hardly miss this female Mistletoebird, gathering cobwebs from underneath the old scoreboard.

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Female Mistletoebird chasing cobwebs, Newstead Recreation Reserve, 2nd November 2014.

It made a series of visits, hovering each time like a Hummingbird, before darting in to snatch cobwebs that were wafting in the breeze. I can only assume it was making, or refurbishing a nearby nest.

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Hummingbird-like!

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The red under-tail coverts are a key distinguishing feature.

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