by Patrick Kavanagh
One of the Pardalote nesting boxes at our place is hosting its fifth batch of Striated Pardalote nestlings this season. I thought this was remarkable enough, but as I was taking some photos of the adults bringing in food for the nestlings, another party of Striated Pardalotes came to check out the nest box. Soon the parents arrived back at the nest and there was quite a commotion with about 8-10 birds vigorously contesting the tree with much calling, advancing and spreading of wings. The parents prevailed, but they were interrupted by the intruders several more times during the day.