Darter feeding

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Subject: Darter feeding
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2005 15:58:39 +1100
I don't know if local birdwatchers are interested in this kind of continuing local event, but some might be. Darter nests at all stages can still be found in those lakeside spots where they have been reported. The feeding can be quite spectacular, but allow some space so you don't cause the chicks to evacuate (in either sense). You don't need to go by boat - which might well be more disturbing to the nesters. The enclosed 2 very low-resolution frames were taken from video I got during last week. In the first, if you look carefully, 4 chicks can just be seen. The second shows the extraordinary distension of the throat by both the adult - in this case a female - and the fed chick. The bills are evidently far more flexible than one would expect from their sharp dagger-like appearance. You may wish to reassure any watching child that the chick is not being swallowed.

               Geoffrey Dabb
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