Spring breeding action

by Patrick Kavanagh

It’s been a bit of a feeding frenzy at our place at Strangways of late. All four pardalote nest boxes have seen successfully fledged young Striated Pardalotes Pardalotus striatus and the relay of parents ferrying invertebrates to their young has just finished with the fledging of the chicks. Already new tenants are checking out the boxes. A few metres from our front verandah, Brown Thornbills Acanthiza pusilla and Superb Fairy-wrens have nests just a metre apart. They seem to have come to terms with their close proximity and both sets of parents are bringing in beaks full of bounty. I can’t imagine the insect load our bush would carry without these small birds.

To cap it all off, our resident Yellow-faced Honeyeaters Lichenostomus chrysops are drinking deeply of the nectar provided by recently flowering Callistemons.

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Brown Thornbill, Strangways, 25th November 2016

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Striated Pardalotes

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Female Superb Fairy-wren

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Male Superb Fairy-wren

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Yellow-faced Honeyeaters on Callistemon

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Yellow-faced Honeyeater

5 responses to “Spring breeding action

  1. Patrick, such a smorgasbord of beautiful photographs as well as food!

  2. Geoff, those photos are divine. They make me go weak at the knees.
    The yellow faced honeyeaters on callistemon would make the most superb painting !
    My granddaughters who were with me at the time I opened the file,were as transfixed as I was.
    By the way I am Barney’s sister in law .
    He is the birder in our family…..I am still very much the novice but learning heaps from your web site
    Thank you so much!
    Heather

  3. Your photos are exquisite

  4. Our pair of Striated Pardelotes have fledged their young from their nest between our verandah shingles and the roofing iron. I suspect there have been 2 pairs using the same small entry point – unless these little fellas have extended family back-up like wrens and magpies? Their calls are so throaty and recognisable from a distance – such a big call for a little bird!

    On Sat, Nov 26, 2016 at 8:25 AM, Natural Newstead wrote:

    > pkavanagh posted: “by Patrick Kavanagh It’s been a bit of a feeding frenzy > at our place at Strangways of late. All four pardalote nest boxes have seen > successfully fledged young Striated Pardalotes Pardalotus striatus and the > relay of parents ferrying invertebrates to th” >

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