Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Chestnut-breasted beauties one and all

Sitting pretty, Chestnut-breasted Mannikin (Lonchura castaneothorax) at Mungalla Station pauses on hymenachne stem yesterday. 
The bird wasn't flying solo: about half a flock of 500 or so fills the frame. Big flocks, sometimes of almost solely immature birds, relatively common at this time. (Hymenachne, a persistent and highly invasive weed, is loved by birds and enjoyed by cattle.)


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