Fairy Martin magic

Following a successful bout of nesting there are now many juvenile Fairy Martins being fed by their parents. The youngsters often assemble along fence-lines to wait for regular visits by the adults feeding nearby on flying insects. At this stage of their ‘careers’ the juveniles are not attuned to danger … this is great for close-up images, but many must perish from the predations of raptors and other bird hunters, such as kookaburras and currawongs.

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Juvenile Fairy Martin, Newstead Cemetery, 28th November 2016

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Adult Fairy Martin arriving with a meal

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Another juvenile, this one a little further advanced, waited patiently nearby

4 responses to “Fairy Martin magic

  1. Speaking of mum¹s feeding babies, the kids have lumbered me with this baby welcome swallow to look after. It¹s at work with me because I can¹t leave it home alone. So it¹s sitting on my computer table chirping at me. It¹s happiest when I hold it, but I need two hands to work!!

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    Elizabeth Mellick (Beth) Executive Director The Norman Wettenhall Foundation PO Box 669 Castlemaine VIC 3450 03 5472 1316 0431 219 980 http://www.nwf.org.au

    From: Natural Newstead Reply-To: Natural Newstead Date: Wednesday, 30 November 2016 at 10:05 AM To: “Elizabeth (Beth) Mellick” Subject: [New post] Fairy Martin magic

    WordPress.com Geoff Park posted: “Following a successful bout of nesting there are now many juvenile Fairy Martins being fed by their parents. The youngsters often assemble along fence-lines to wait for regular visits by the adults feeding nearby on flying insects. At this stage of their “

  2. Love all your posts but found this one especially interesting.

  3. Fabulous action photos Geoff

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