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Red-capped Male, showing moulting in of new red cap.
Penny of pair, Henny and Penny, preening. She is trying to convince me that there are no nests in the area.
Two males in a territory dispute. The larger (rear) bird wins out and the smaller bird will eventually do a slow flyaway, but not before a lot of branch dancing by both birds.
An early 2011 season young.
This bird is about 1.5k from the nesting areas and has probably been driven out.
This young bird is still being cared for by the male. It can feed itself, but he provides food on a regular schedule. It was one of three from this clutch.
Male working on feeding his growing family. Busy as a one-armed paper-hanger, with three hungry mouths to feed, and provide the female as she sits another clutch, he took time out for a bit of a breather in the early morning sun.
A male who is going to lead me across the paddocks away from their nesting site.
I don’t normally shoot at nest sites. But this pair were very relaxed, and the chicks are about 1-2 days from fledging (She got them off), As she fed the male turned up with the next round of food.
A young male who has turned up in the past week or so. Seems intent on finding a territory. He has just had a run-in with the local defender. But I don’t think the argument is over just yet. He didn’t defer, but rather sat in a tree and “Tic’d” at the resident male. Which spurred the angry male into much around the tree chasing until they were lost to view