Fairy Martins are small, swallow-like birds (they belong to the Family Hirundinidae) that migrate to breed in the Newstead area each Spring. I came across a small colony yesterday, refurbishing old nests under the Joyce’s Creek railway bridge. The birds were gathering at a small puddle nearby to seize mud pellets in their bills which were then carried to the nests and delicately added to the existing structures. The newly added pellets are clearly distinguishable in the photographs below. One of the nests was also being inspected by a Striated Pardalote – it is not unusual for them to occupy vacant Fairy Martin nests. I’ve no idea however about how the two species interact on common ground.
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