Apropos spate of reflective pardalotes

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Subject: Apropos spate of reflective pardalotes
From: John Layton <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2018 02:00:46 +0000

On 17/05/2015 I posted the following:


At noon last Friday I parked at the rear of the Kippax Centre and noticed a male Spotted Pardalote perched on the exterior mirror of an adjacent car.

Although not attacking it, he seemed totally absorbed in his image reflected in the car’s side window as he swivelled from side to side to side seemingly scrutinising one profile then the other. I’ve never seen a pardalote behaving like this before.


To indulge in anthropomorphism, I wonder if this avian Little Lord Fauntleroy was partaking in a few moments narcissism.


John Layton



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