Sunday, 7 February 2010

TCB Bird Walk Continued

Continuing along the Tin Can Bay Foreshore Bird Walk, we came across this Magpie-lark in the process of building its nest. It was gathering feathers, grass and spiderwebs, before mixing these with mud from a pool of water on one of the tracks not far from its nest site.

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Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca)

A bit further along the walk we saw some White-throated Honeyeaters and Brown Honeyeaters anting among leaves. They seemed to take no notice of us at all allowing us plenty of time to observe their antics while doing this.

White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albogularis)

This one seemed to have a look that says "What are you looking at"

New take on shower with a friend. Better to ant with a friend.

Time to rearrange the feathers.

Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta)

Not to be out done by the White-throated Honeyeaters, this pair of Brown Honeyeaters joined in as well.
A view along the Bird Walk.

17 comments:

mick said...

Great photos of the 'anting' behavior. You were really able to get close to the birds.

Neil said...

Yes Mick we were very lucky to get that close.

eileeninmd said...

Cool shots of the anting! Looks like you had a great walk with neat sightings.

Tabib said...

Nice series of birds behavior.

Neil said...

Thanks Eileen and Tabib it is a beautiful walk and the best part is you don't know what you will see next.

Bob Kaufman said...

Thanks for sharing the anting behavior photos of the Honey-eaters.

Neil said...

Thanks Bob for your comment

Rob Ripma said...

What an amazing behavior. Must have been such a treat to watch!

Neil said...

Thanks Rob it is interesting to watch birds do their thing.

Johnny Nutcase said...

Great photos, Neil - love the honeyeater series, very cool! Always fun to observe different types of behavior!

Neil said...

Thanks Johnny.

NatureFootstep said...

interesting post, I learned asoemthing new :)

Neil said...

Thanks NatureFootstep for your comment.

Nicole said...

What a beautiful 'collection'.
Glad all the different ones joined the 'party' and posed for you :D
Looks like quite a quiet path to walk along.

Neil said...

Thanks Nicole it is a great place to walk.

dAwN said...

What very cool looking bird these are..
anting is very interesting..

Neil said...

Thanks Dawn it is very interesting to watch birds when they are on the ground anting.