by Patrick Kavanagh
The Striated Pardalotes Pardalotus striatus that use a nest box at our place are now feeding their second round of nestlings. I am amazed at how at ease these birds are with a fool on a stepladder wielding a large camera lens 2m from their nest. I am more amazed at the phenomenal amount of food they deliver to their chicks. At least every two minutes a parent arrives at the nest with beak chock full of food. The mind boggles at how the eucalypts would cope without this cleaning service.