In this case, he was accompanied by only one other, a female who seemed as happy with the display as I was. He didn’t make any aggressive movements towards her, but simply danced around her at a distance of a couple of feet.
Whilst I occasionally use playback, this was not the case on that occasion.
From: Geoffrey Dabb [
Sent: Thursday, 16 August 2012 8:51 AM
To: 'Margaret Leggoe'
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] on courtship display of small birds
That is very typical aggressive behaviour when a tape is being played. Not that I suggest that here, of course.
Last January I was being entertained by a pair of superb fairy-wrens with a delightful courtship display. I was hoping the entertainment would continue unabated, but sadly another, less inconspicuous, human came by and the show was abruptly terminated.
Amazing the things you see from the concealment of a hide.