Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Triller comes down to earth

More male White-winged Trillers (Lalage sueurii) than usual in Tyto this season. Not such happy news for these excitable would-be breeders: fewer females than usual.

And because the males twitter hyperactively about the treetops - trying to attract females - it's been a trying time seeking a decent picture.

Today, at last, a bird foraging on the ground - with remarkable success. 

  One of many morsels grabbed in march across the grass.  

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Anonymous said...

Wonderful photos of the Triller. They are indeed a difficult bird to capture. Great timing to find one on the ground.

Tyto Tony said...

Hi Kerryn: more luck than timing. The timing was standing still long enough for the bird to more or less accept my decreasingly distant presence.

Gouldiae said...

G'day Tony,
I always find the black and white birds 'smart' looking - willies and maggies etc. Yeah, my best WWTriller pic is a dark and light smudge high in some foliage!

Tyto Tony said...

Hi Gouldiae: smart indeed. And so hard to get right: whites blow out; blacks soak all up.

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