Wonderful opportunity to observe but there is a down side, of which you are
probably aware and working on. Please excuse my advice if this is so.
I suggest that you do something reasonably soon to try and break up the
reflection on the glass. If not they will either hurt themselves in the
attacks or get highly stressed, to the point of illness and exhaustion, at
the intruder in their midsts which will not go away. Either of these events
are harmful to the birds. The reduced vigour on the second day could be due
Try rubbing the glass with soap, covering it from outside with paper,
opening it or providing shade so that there is no reflection. You will know
what the best solution is for your circumstances.
Maybe some others have some ideas - this is an ongoing problem because once
a bird gets to know about the reflection, they don't give up.
Carol de Bruin
Johannesburg, South Africa.
From: Jill Dening <>
To: Birding-aus <>
Date: Wednesday, June 09, 1999 6:52 AM
Subject: birding-aus Whipbird's reflection
>Fascinating.........our two Eastern Whipbirds have discovered a small
>closed window in our garage.
Their first encounter with their own reflection was
>Today there is a calmer attitude, but just as much interest.
>If only I had more time to watch them. >
>Sunshine Coast, Qld
>26º 51' 152º 56'
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