Sunday, August 16, 2009

Nesting Pardalotes

Lucky got some great shots of Spotted Pardalotes gathering nesting material. Although Spotted Pardalotes are reasonably common down the east coast, they are difficult to photograph (or even see) for most of the year as the tiny birds feed in the tops of tall trees. Pairs make soft, whistling wheet-wheet calls to one another, which thus come from two different directions, and which carry for quite a distance making it even more difficult to locate them.

However they nest in holes in the ground. They excavate a narrow tunnel in an earth bank with an enlarged, lined chamber at the end. So at this time of the year they can be found close to the ground.

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