Eastern Bristlebird Injury

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Subject: Eastern Bristlebird Injury
From: Chris Charles <>
Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2007 19:07:47 +1000
Following recent posts regarding Barren Grounds & Buderoo NP, I took a look this morning.

Highlight was a long & intimate encounter with an Eastern Bristlebird on the Service Track at Barren Ground. The EBB was about 5m away when I came on it & was foraging in the short grass on the track catching grass hoppers & drinking from puddles. I followed it up-sun some way as it worked the track but then it turned & approached me until it caught a grass hopper at my feet & inside the 1.8m minimum focal depth of my lens. It took quite some time to get the legs off it before it picked it up & swallowed it. Each successful capture was celebrated with some excited tail fanning & when finished the EBB would wash its beak in a puddle. For about 40 minutes the EBB was never more than 5m away.

When I looked at the pics at home I realised why it was having difficulty as it was missing the tip of its upper beak. It seemed a recent injury as it seems to have new blood on it. However it didnt seem to be perturbed by the injury & took many grasshoppers while I was watching. Bristlebird3.jpg Bristlebird.jpg

So how does such an injury occur & will it grow back?

Chris Charles


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