birding-aus Whipbird's reflection

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Subject: birding-aus Whipbird's reflection
From: Jill Dening <>
Date: Wed, 9 Jun 1999 11:57:18 +1000
Hi All,

Fascinating.........our two Eastern Whipbirds have discovered a small
closed window in our garage. They have not ventured quite this close to the
house until yesterday. Their first encounter with their own reflection was
aggressive. Lots of calling, both whipcrack and choo-choo, and lots of
flying at the reflection. I have only seen one at a time flying at the
glass, but both are in there boots and all.

Today there is a calmer attitude, but just as much interest. One of them
has been getting into as close a position as the branches of the grevillea
will allow, and chortling to its image, interspersed with whipcracks and

If only I had more time to watch them. This duo (I hesitate to say pair)
arrived here on December 26 as immatures, and now one bears full adult
plumage, whilst the other still bears a trace of remnant immature plumage.
I should be able to tell the difference in sexes by size difference, but
they won't sit still together for long enough to see if there is a
discernible difference.



Jill Dening
Sunshine Coast, Qld

26º 51'         152º 56'

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