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What’s for dinner?

October 6, 2012

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A “chattering” of White-winged Choughs (pronounced “chuff”) has regularly nested in a small pine plantation on our Strath Creek property in recent years, with varying degrees of success. This is not surprising as they have had to cope with nest predators such as currawongs and kookaburras, not to mention foxes and cats after fledging, as well as fierce storms splintering trees around them.

All members of the group help build the mud nest and incubate and feed the nestlings. This year, there are about 10 in the group, so they may stand a better chance of successful breeding. We’ll be following with interest the progress of the three young shown in the slide show above, and will keep you posted.

To hear calls of the choughs, click on the sound icons below:



2 Comments leave one →
  1. Susan and Joel King permalink
    October 6, 2012 1:28 pm

    Great photos. We hadn’t seen their nest before … a bit like the apostle birds at Mungo. Love their chatter.


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