I had a lovely encounter with a ‘pair’ of Striated Pardalotes today in the Mia Mia. The birds were feeding and displaying in a sapling Yellow Box – it was only when I looked at the images later on the computer that my interest was elevated. One of the birds was the local race, ssp. substriatus – they sport a distinctive red wing-spot. Its partner however had a yellow wing-spot, indicating that it’s from a different race, ssp. striatus. This feature is characteristic of Tasmanian birds which migrate to the mainland during autumn.
Imagine for a moment such a tiny bird making the twice-yearly passage across Bass Strait – my admiration knows no bounds! The ‘red-spots’ on the other hand are apparently ‘stay-at-homes’ in the box-ironbark.