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.

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

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

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

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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!

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

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