Successful breedings

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Subject: Successful breedings
From: "Robyn Howard" <>
Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2005 15:45:12 +1000
After raising 4 Koel chicks over the last couple of years,  our Magpie-larks
have, for the first time, raised their own chicks.   Three youngsters have
left the nest and are being feed - two with the female, and one with the
male.   Within a couple of days of raising the Koel very early after their
arrival, the poor female was back on the nest, but at least with 3 chicks to
show for it all.


While we were out at Dunethin Rock [upstream in the Maroochy River, SEQ], a
couple of days ago, we suspected the Willie Wagtails had a nest.    After
careful searching, we finally found it in a Casuarina, 20 cm above the
waters of the flooded river.    Four chicks, well grown but with tiny tails
still, were all squeezed INTO the wee nest - one bird more or less under the
other three who were at right-angles to it.   The nest was beautifully
concealed, but I was surprised that since they were of a reasonable size,
the parents hadn't moved the chicks to a safer spot.   There have been more
storms, so I guess the water hasn't dropped much.






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