From a newish member!

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Subject: From a newish member!
From: "The Bugtusslebunch" <>
Date: Thu, 6 May 2004 17:27:53 +1000
Hi Birding-Ausers
My name is  Nina and I'm 17. I live with my family on 5 acres 30km NW of Wauchope on the Mid North Coast, NSW. I've been on the list since March and have really enjoyed reading all your emails. I love hearing about peoples "adventures" with birds, good places to go birding and just about anything else to do with birds!!
I got the "bird craze" when I was 11 and since then it's been nothing but birds, birds and more birds. My list needs four more ticks to reach 200, so I'm really keen for Dad and Mum to take me to new bird locations so I can tick those last ones before I turn 18!!!!
I had a pretty cool experience today. Last month a pair of Crested Pigeons nested at the top of a large wattle growing about 40m from the house. We have a wooden platform (not made for watching pigeons!) in that wattle and the nest is only 2m above it, so I climbed up today to check it out, as the young Pigeon fledged last week. After I'd had a good look at it (the usual ridiculous structure) I sat there quietly and watched 3 Straw-necked Ibis in the next paddock, when suddenly the young bird flew onto a branch nearby and one of its parents flew in lower down. The young one knew I was there, but after a few minutes of bobbing its head an eyeing me off it walked all the way down the branch and stopped 2 feet from my head, looked at me and then made its way down the tree, jumping from branch to branch, to its parent. I though that was awesome, as usually I have to get close to them and they're not very obliging most of the time!!
What I would like to know is: do Crested Pigeons (or pigeons in general) share nesting duties or is it just one of the parents? During March I observed both parents in the tree several times, but since the young has fledged I've only seen one parent with it (the two of them roost in the wattle everyday at midday).
Nina  :-)
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