Went to visit the Jacky Nursery last evening.
Both parents are busy looking after the two fledglings, now ensconced in separate trees. One little dude had chosen to fly in and land in a tree that White-plumed Honeyeaters consider “their territory”.
Rather than offer a polite request to move on, the entire family, perhaps 6-8 birds immediately took on an aggressive attack on the little tacker. Despite the best attempts by both the Jackys, the little bird was eventually harassed so much that it lost grip on the branch and had to relocate. Which left it extremely vulnerable in its clumsy flight to the much more agile, speedy and determined Honeyeaters.
After about 15 minutes of harassment things calmed down, and it chose a small branch isolated away from the Honeyeaters.
The second one seemed safe enough further down the paddock.
Hard to show it all unfold, but here is a sample of the action.
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Oh boy, it’s a tough world out there once you leave the nest, isn’t it! Great action shots and let’s hope the little Jacky didn’t get too much of a fright.
Good point. In someways any of the little birds are about as harmless, and helpless as it gets. The Honeyeaters are in quite large numbers, perhaps as many as 4-5 adults, 8-10 advanced juveniles, and probably 4-5 recently fledged. So the adult Jacky Winter are outclassed, outnumbered and outgunned in the air.
We dropped by this morning and the little one we found seemed quite none the worse for wear and had developed quite a length of tail since the other day. Good as.
We’ll be away next week, so perhaps by the time we get back they will just about be fully developed. We’ll see
Wonderful fledgling shots David! Surprising to find the young White-plumed so aggressive, but I have seen the way they dominate trees in areas. The white plumed youngster gives me a good idea what to look our for, as I have not seen one this young, as with the young Jackies. Thanks for your valuable contribution in educating us with great shots of such youngsters.
The White-plumed shown here is an adult. Sorry for confusion.
The Black beak is a definite adult id mark. The young are a rich golden orange. I had about 8 of them in a tree this morning, but by the time I’d got the focus locked, most of them had gone. Will perhaps put one up with a link for you in the next day or so.
Hope that helps.
Jacky looked none the worse for wear this morning.
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Nice work David