Sounds as though you've been doing it pretty tough!!
Wherever we've come across Apostlebirds, they've always been very tame and
inquisitive. My father used to "converse" with them on his block near Tamworth
(NSW) for many years.
Shame we don't have them in Tassie.
On 26/05/2013, at 6:59 PM, Laurie Knight wrote:
> I was down on the Granite Belt over the weekend to purchase some wine from a
> Land for Wildlife establishment (Lucas Estate at Severnlea - they have a
> Variegated Fairy-wren on their label - I enjoyed listening to Mistletoebirds
> and watching the passing raptors while pondering my purchases over a Baked
> Ricotta with Spiced Shiraz Jus accompanied by a 2006 Chardonnay).
> I was packing the car at my accommodation (a 100 year old school house at
> Ballandean surrounded by farmland and remnant vegetation) this morning (while
> the frost was melting) when first a family of Grey-crowned Babblers and then
> a group of Apostlebirds dropped in. When I say that the Apostlebirds were
> tame, one walked within 5 cm of my shoe. Given that the caretaker lives
> offsite and the place would average less than one group of visitors per week,
> the birds would not have frequent contact with people. I rather doubt that
> anyone feeds them.
> Are Apostlebirds normally this tame?
> As an aside, I also enjoyed some nice views of Plum-headed Finches making the
> most of the brambles along a fenceline on the property.
> Regards, Laurie.
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