Saturday, October 15, 2011

Starlings show their mettle

Tyto's lookout fig tree full of action lately. Male Eastern Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus) continues trying to deny other birds a feed. (The motive may not be greed but an effort - as a great provider - to attract females.) 

But Metallic Starlings (Aplornis metallica) - in town for seasonal noisy social nesting - have proven unafraid of their larger fellow migrant. 

And Australasian Figbirds (Sphecotheres vielloti) won't be denied a share of the fruit.
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Ian said...

Love the photos of the starlings, what striking eyes.

Tyto Tony said...

Hi Ian: Beauties, aren't they?