RFI - Young Darter at Banyule

Subject: RFI - Young Darter at Banyule
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2009 12:33:05 +0800 (WST)
  This morning I saw a Darter sitting on a rock in the Yarra River, a few yards
downstream from the Plenty River confluence. It was visible from the 
footbridge. I was
surprised to see that the wing feathers were quite undeveloped, just beginning 
protrude from their bluish sheaths, and that the body was still covered with 
The tail feathers seemed full length. It seemed very young to have left the 
nest - it
must have swum to its rock, where it was perched with its wings 'hung out to 

  Is this normal behaviour for young Darters?  Would it be capable of hunting 
fish for
itself, or would it still be expecting feeds from its parents? I checked 
found very little information about Darter development (after all, vol.I was 
back in 1990).

  I took a poor photo (extreme range for my camera) which I have submitted to 
Victoria, if anyone's interested.

Anthea Fleming


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