Saturday, August 15, 2009

Friarbird ducks Myna scuffle


Helmeted Friarbird (Philemon buceroides) gets the message from incoming Common Myna (Sturnus tristis) and makes way atop a tulip tree. You'd think a helmeted bird would have more warrior spirit, but seems Mynas are made of 'sturner' stuff.


Yellow Honeyeater (Lichenostomus flavus) didn't need any incoming bird to encourage a move elsewhere. The Yellows somehow seem to know that I'm after them. They won't face me, perhaps because (sorry) they're yellow.


Also winging away from me, more ruffled than rattled, an Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia).

4 comments:

Gouldiae said...

G'day Tony,
Ouch - sturner stuff.
Great Bazza pic on Thursday by the way.
Good luck with the Osprey program.
Gouldiae

mick said...

Fantastic first photo! The humor of your words makes me both groan and laugh :-)

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Tony
God, I must be getting slow. Took me several readings to "get it".
Sad that Mynas are up there in your swamp. Is nothing sacred?
Cheers
Denis.

Tyto Tony said...

Hi Gouldiae: Sadly, more chance (extremely slim) of Bazas nesting in rain trees at Tyto entrance than getting Ospreys to co-operate.

Gidday Mick: Groaning's good - it's punsters' true reward.

Hi Denis: The world gets quicker, we all get slower, but it's all relative. I don't mind Tyto's Mynas. They're largely fringing in from suburbia and haven't displaced too many natives. Different story in many other areas, of course.