Thursday, May 26, 2016

Chestnuts go for green slime, others want meat and fish

Taking a spell from slurping up green slime, Chestnut-breasted Mannikin (Lonchura castaneothorax) casts an eye down for more of its favoured food in Tyto. Other mannikins and finches locally don't show similar tastes.



No green vege stuff for Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea). Meat, that's what real water birds want. Plenty of lively small prey on and below the pesty water hyacinth at Mungalla Station today.

In trees above the Jacana's waterhole, Little Black Cormorants (Halacrocorax sulcirostris) jostle for position as they wait for me to quit the scene and let them get back to chasing fish. Talk about the Black Death!

And for fish, here's the blue and white death: Little Kingfisher (Ceyx pusilla) at Tyto this week. Not a reliable visitor so far this year, and a bit blurred about the belly because of pesky blady grass.

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