Shrike-tit reprise

I’ve recently posted a note about Crested Shrike-tits but felt this series below was worth sharing.

I watched a party of three feeding in the Rise and Shine a few days back and was able to approach to within a metre as they skilfully dismantled a dead Golden Wattle in search of insect larvae inside the brittle stems.

Next time you see broken twigs and small branches in the bush it may well be the work of this amazing bird … a true ecosystem engineer of the Australian bush.

Crested Shrike-tit (female), Rise and Shine, 30th June 2017

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Crested Shrike-tit (male)

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… the female again

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6 responses to “Shrike-tit reprise

  1. They are indeed a wonderful little bird – I know it sounds foolishly anthropomorphic, but they always seem ‘friendly’. Perhaps its the face.

  2. Wow! What a fantastic sequence and information. One of your classics, Geoff.

  3. Such beautiful photos Geoff!
    Jeanne Hart

  4. Lance Breguet

    Beautiful shots Geoff we don’t see this bird around Geelong much now a shame way to many domestic and feral cats curse them and owners who still let them run free in our parks .

  5. Love that term ‘ecological engineer’. I’m learning so much, as well as getting great pleasure, from following your posts. Thank you for them.

  6. Fran Robertson

    They are very industrious little workers for sure. Our little group has left for now, but during the autumn they hung around and menaced the smaller birds at the birdbath.

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