Of black and white birds and their nests …

It’s a bit hard to figure out what’s happening with bird breeding at the moment. There are quite a few small fledglings out of the nest, such as the young Willie Wagtails pictured below, while others such as a family of White-winged Choughs near Mia Mia Track appear to be incubating eggs. The extreme dry appears to have caused other species to lose interest altogether.


White-winged Chough approaches the nest, Mia Mia track, 27th October 2015.





The agitated behaviour of the parents alerted me to these juvenile Willie Wagtails.


Juvenile Willie Wagtail, Mia Mia Road, 27th October 2015.



I spotted the nest soon after, on a horizontal branch of a River Red-gum, about 2 metres above the ground. I was intrigued by the stiff, dark hairs that had been woven into the nest – then I noticed the horses in a nearby paddock … puzzle solved!


Willie Wagtail nest – note the horse hair that has been woven in.



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