Superb Fairy-wrens and other breeders

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Subject: Superb Fairy-wrens and other breeders
From: "Penny Drake-Brockman" <>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2004 15:01:22 +1100
Had a most amusing early morning watching a male fairy-wren in beautiful blue plumage, being pursued all around my back garden by 4 persistently piping fledglings. They were often in a tight bouncing bunch right on his tail, showing yellow gapes, tails flicking, making no attempt to feed themselves while he was in constant search for insects. When one was fed, it would stop piping, fluff up a bit and look constipated for a very short while, then hop off again to join the other three. Later another adult joined him briefly, and next he had only one in attendance so he was, after all, getting a bit of help. Last evening he had 3 in tow.
Would have been a wonderful photo op.
The noise of the fledglings is all over the back gardens. The high thin tone of the calls makes it very hard to tell where they are, illustrating the effectiveness of this contact call in making it difficult for predators to pin point the callers' exact positions.
Also had Yellow-faced Honeyeaters hawking with beaks full of insects for their nestlings in a nearby bit of woodland, and Silvereyes are feeding 2 nestlings in a small citrus next door.
They must all be thankful for the small amount of heavy rain we had early last evening but we still need MORE.
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