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The end of winter chill

The whoosh of Metallic Starlings en masse, as they swoop fast and low through our garden, is indicative of warmer weather on its way.  Although still a very pleasant temperature for gardening activities, our cool winter weather is giving way to our warmer ‘growth’ months.   Pruning and weeding keeps me busy but it’s not a chore when you’re able to stop and watch the birds nearby.

Large-billed Gerygone

Large-billed Gerygone

We’ve been listening to Little Bronze-cuckoo calling, probably a prelude to mating and egg laying ……… but in whose nest?  A pair of  large-billed Gerygone have just started nest building, conveniently within lens distance of one of the bird hides, but nicely placed in the foliage of a paper-bark.  (Melaleuca cajaputi)

Large-billed Gerygone at work nest building

Large-billed Gerygone at work nest building

Lovely Fairy Wrens, looking particularly lovely just now, are always a delight to observe as they dart in and out of cover in their search for insects.  The climbing fern, Lygodium reticulatum, is wonderful shelter for them although it’s tough twining stems can be troublesome for young trees.

Female Lovely Fairy-wren

Female Lovely Fairy-wren

A glimpse of the male through some foliage, showing his glorious colours in the sunlight.

Male Lovely Fairy-wren

Male Lovely Fairy-wren

Nesting activity

A pair of Large-billed Gerygone are once again taking advantage of a branch arching over the Spring-fed Ponds on which to construct their nest.  They made a start about 4 days ago –
I noticed one of these delightful little birds busily pulling at some silken thread that was holding two leaves together (possibly a retreat constructed by one of our many Jumping Spiders)
and watched it making a start on the nest.  A very clever design with a sloping verandah which shields the occupiers from our heavy tropical downpours, it looks remarkably  like a bit of flood debris caught on a branch.  The birds enter the nest by flying up under the sloping verandah.  I’ve been watching the building progress over a few days – Continue reading