A while back I’d been watching a pair of Rufous Whistlers breeding in the garden next door. The male had been singing vociferously, sometimes at its own reflection, while the female sat snugly on the nest – in the fork of a Plane Tree. At the time I’d expected to see young being fed, the nest was observed to be partly dismantled and the parents and nestlings nowhere to be seen. I assumed a predator had struck and the exercise had been a failure. That was until last weekend when I spotted the male fossicking for food in our garden, keeping an eye on one small, spotty-streaky fledgling. These must have been from the same family and it appears what I’d marked down as a failure may well turn into success.
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