Fraser bronze wing early breeding; likely successful fledging

To: "'Dennis Ayliffe'" <>, "'Canberra Birds'" <>
Subject: Fraser bronze wing early breeding; likely successful fledging
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2012 13:54:33 +1000
That is a nice story. I guess that the early start enabled the chick to get big enough to hopefully be safe, before the peak of the time when Currawongs are hunting, which is September to November. (Today I saw the first sign of a Currawong taking a stick up to my big tree.) Judging by the timing of this and your earlier message, I wonder if it may be a from a second egg laying.
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From: Dennis Ayliffe [
Sent: Sunday, 19 August 2012 10:30 AM
To: Canberra Birds
Subject: [canberrabirds] Fraser bronze wing early breeding; likely successful fledging

Good morning
The male nestling bronze wing at my place appears to have successfully fledged last evening. I took the attached pic of the female sitting near the nest just after 5.00pm. Sunset was about 5:35pm and when I returned at 6:30pm with a torch, both had gone. I checked around the nest for any evidence of the nestling having been taken by currawongs but there was none. I can only conclude that it left with its mother shortly after the pic was taken.The previous day I saw the nestling testing its wings in the nest ( to the annoyance of the male who was sharing the nest). Curiously I saw no incidences of harassment from pied currawongs yesterday despite them being an almost constant presence over the previous three days. Maybe its bronze wings 1 currawongs 0.
Dennis Ayliffe


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