Unusual nests

To: Steve Murray <>, "'birding-aus'" <>
Subject: Unusual nests
From: inger vandyke <>
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2007 00:08:05 +0000
Hi Steve and all,

That's an interesting record.

I was speaking to the guides at Norah Head lighthouse a couple of weeks ago who 
had translocated a Magpie nest from the lighthouse to a local tree.  The birds 
gave up on the tree nest and came back to nest in the lighthouse.  I wondered 
if it had anything to do with goannas?  Lately at the University of Newcastle I 
have come across three very agitated Maggies and each time I've had a look to 
see what they are going on about, they have been harrassing a goanna, probably 
due to the goanna's occasional predilection for maggie eggs.

I wondered if a goanna's presence on the central coast had forced these birds 
to nest near humans.  Goannas around here seem to be more shy of human presence 
so it would seem a logical choice.

Perhaps its the same with the White-faced Herons?  Are these birds risking the 
lesser of two evils to nest and rear their young?

At any rate, good on the people who put signs up and tried to assist these 

My images were used recently by Abigroup, who were one of the contractors on 
the Pacific Highway extension in Northern NSW.  The road workers halted the 
construction of the road extension due to a pair of Pied Oystercatchers nesting 
right in the middle of the clearance area.  Although they continued with 
clearing after the chicks had fledged, at least they waited until they had done 
so before they continued with their work.  Actually this pair of Pieds created 
quite a commotion with the workers who checked on them daily to see if their 
chicks were OK.  The chicks had a roving cheer squad of human protectors and 
observers from the minute they hatched.


Inger> From: > To: > Date: Sun, 
30 Sep 2007 09:37:51 +1000> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Unusual nests> > Hello 
birders..there's an interesting nest at Brisbane International airport> at the 
moment. A pair of White-faced Herons have set up a nest on the side> of the 
building directly above the spot where airport workers enter the> building. 
Apparently some unsuspecting workers have been deposited on from> a great 
height! So the Airport Corporation has set up a warning sign with a> photo of a 
WFH. To their credit they have left the nest alone. I have not> heard of WFH's 
nesting on buildings before. This site resembles a tree fork> because it is 
where the struts branch up to support the roof. Last year,> just outside my 
office on the tarmac, a pair of Magpie Larks built a nest on> a hydraulic hose 
underneath a moveable aerobridge! Every time an aircraft> arrived at the gate 
the birds went for a little ride!> > Cheers Steve Murray> > 
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