Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Magpie-lark takes spin on Mungalla mud

Spinning around and around on mud drew attention to this male Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca) at Mungalla Station. Didn't appear to draw any prey from the mud. And wasn't part of any noticeable nest-material gathering. Bird exhibited the circling for two mornings and then stopped it. No other Magpie-larks showed any similar turns. 

3 comments:

Mosura said...

Larking about on the mud. Another good reason for using the old name Mudlark :-)

Gouldiae said...

G'day Tony,
I've observed them doing this in a seed bowl I sometimes put out on the lawn. I thought it might have been to bring their favourite seed to the surface - but then they're not even supposed to be seed eaters!?
PW

Tyto Tony said...

They're supposed to be Monarchs, DNA says. My life's becoming all questions and too few answers.