Wagtail Construction Zone Update

As reported previously, all three wagtail pairs lost their nests (would have been eggs at that stage), about 2 weeks back.  Not sure how, but the number of Kookaburras, Ravens, Grey Shrike-thrush and other predators would have made short work of it all.

So the good news of course ,is you can’t keep a good wagtail down, and after a little searching in the morning we found all three hard at work and one who had really jumped the gun and had the nest, and the chicks, at least two, hatched.

Well done Mum’s.  Let’s hope for a little more compassion from your neighbours.

Just a step ahead. This one is feeding some very tiny beaks just visible.  She also took away a feces   sack
Just a step ahead. This one is feeding some very tiny beaks just visible. She also took away a feces sack
Hard at work still, but again the nest is really well stitched to the branch.
Hard at work still, but again the nest is really well stitched to the branch.
Repelling Boarders. This bird was taking no chances and would have just about been impossible to get out. No doubt the little claws are gripping very tightly inside. Not the extra strong binding to the branch on this one.
Repelling Boarders. This bird was taking no chances and would have just about been impossible to get out. No doubt the little claws are gripping very tightly inside.
Not the extra strong binding to the branch on this one.

 

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One thought on “Wagtail Construction Zone Update

  1. I’m always amazed at the masterpieces these nests are, considering that they have little more than their beaks to construct them with. All lovely shots David, but I particularly like the last one, where you’ve caught her determined look.

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