Toorbul Pt Brologas

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Subject: Toorbul Pt Brologas
From: Burnice Starkey <>
Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2010 00:24:50 +0000
Friday Feb 26th.

On the return trip from viewing the migratory waders at the hide tide roost at 
Toorbul Pt, nth of Brisbane, I and my companion saw 4 Brolgas in the cow 
paddock near a local dam  enroute towards the Bruce Hwy.

I believe that 3 have normally been in the area but now there are 4.

My question to the more learned Birding -Aus reader is:

What would explain the following behaviour?

One Brolga was grazing far away from the other 3. Suddenly a Brolga leading 2 
others started moving quickly towards the single bird. After a running start 
the pursued and the pursuer took to flight. The "rear guard" pecked at the 
front bird. They did a circle over us and then landed, whereupon this occurred 
again including pecking attempt. Then they both landed near the grounded 2 and 
clustered as a group of 4. No offensive/defensive behaviour. Two birds started 
head bobbing, raised their long beaks simultaneously and gave a long Brolga 
call. No more fuss or action. All four carried grazing like a happy family.

"What was that?" we said to each other.

Any thoughts?

Happy Birding,


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