Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Willies thriving; mozzies diving

Almost time to quit the nest for these three Willie Wagtails (Rhipidura leucophrys), handily located beside bench on southeastern section of Tyto track. Not pictured, hundreds of mozzies lining up for lingering photographers. 


Elsewhere today, terrible picture of Superb Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus superbus): a first for Tyto list.  Female showed up briefly with Scaley-breasted Lorikeets. 


Almost as rare, but not photographed, White-throated Nightjar (Eurostopodus mystacalis) flushed three times near track. No recent sightings of the more common Large-tailed Nightjar.  


Pacific Baza bulletin: One parent seen soaring: one junior heard at distance.     
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3 comments:

mick said...

That nest certainly is crowded. Good that you heard one young Baza. Too many mozzies down here too but I guess it's to be expected with all the puddles lying around.

Snail said...

Excellent news about the baza.

Wonder if the cute little wagtail chicks are in cahoots with the mossies? You know, the chicks decoy and delay photographers by looking sweet, while the mossies get their meals.

Tyto Tony said...

Hi Mick, Bronwen: Even better Baza news today. Both juveniles doing well, and in same tree late this morning.

The wagtails deny being in cahoots with mozzies, but I'm not so sure. Never seen them eating the little bleeders!