Creating order from chaos

This pair of Willie Wagtails was observed putting the finishing touches on a nest at the weekend on the Moolort Plains. The nest was in a somewhat unusual spot, just 30cm above the ground in a small Yellow Box. Both adults were bringing cobwebs which were then delicately woven into the rim. Their method was intriguing – the web was gathered to create a chaotic adornment on the head and bill, before being patiently redistributed around the nest. I expect eggs will be laid very soon.

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Willie Wagtail arriving at the nest, Moolort Plains, 11th October 2015.

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4 responses to “Creating order from chaos

  1. Brilliant clarity of the web around the face!

  2. How does the young adult learn how to build its first nest?

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