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Babes in the wood

December 5, 2015

IMG_2378There are plenty of newly-fledged young birds around at present, and it’s a precarious existence for them out there, with all sorts of predators around – butcherbirds, currawongs, snakes, etc. Young birds still dependent on adults for feeding tread a fine line between ensuring they remain hidden, letting the parents know where they are and gradually learning to fly efficiently (while following its parent this fairy-wren chick crashed into a tank and had to be hastily rescued from a bucket!).IMG_2381IMG_2406
Superb Fairy-wrens have cooperative parenting, with care of the chicks taken on by the dominant male and several other members of the group, leaving the female to get on with nesting again, sometimes raising several broods in a season.

IMG_2400IMG_2416Grey Shrike-thrush chicks just out of the nest emit a persistent faint but far-carrying “peep”, while hidden deep in a dense shrub, waiting to be fed by their parents. Click on the audio below to hear the call, which is interrupted by the harsh warning call of an adult when it became aware of our presence. The chick at left was straight out of the nest in our shed. A few days later it was safely settled deep in a callistemon – see photo below.

IMG_2453IMG_2458Our pair of Red Wattle-bird youngsters aren’t bothered about staying hidden. They are a bit more advanced, and of course larger, than the Grey Shrike-thrushes. They are starting to feed themselves on nectar in a Yellow Gum (Eucalyptus leucoxylon), but are still begging for food and maintain a regular contact call with their parents (listen to audio below), and the yellow gape they had as nestlings is still visible.

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  1. Susan permalink
    December 5, 2015 12:35 pm

    Great photos! there are lots of demanding chicks at the moment!!

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