Hi to all you budding birders out there! Hope you’re having a great Bird Week. It always amazes me what you can find when you have a good look around you…
New Holland Honeyeaters are among the most prolific of birds at the zoo thanks to all the nectar providing plants. This nest was shown to me by my colleague Kwai and was situated near the water. They will often choose dense vegetation to nest in but this one is quite exposed.
This Red Wattlebird nest is uncharacteristically low to the ground at about 1.5 m. The books tell me they usually nest between 3m and 20m up! I always say that there are no hard and fast rules in nature.
Although Song Thrushes are a European introduction they are not an aggressive species. They are generally heard uttering a melodious call or mimicking other birds but they are not often seen. The nest lining reminds me of recycled paper and I’m sure that their eggs rank among the prettiest! This nest is well hidden but within arm’s reach of the average zoo visitor.
The name Willie Wagtail is very apt for a bird that can never sit still. The only time they do is when they are sitting on their eggs! They are master nest builders and have beautiful dappled eggs. I managed to embarrass this bird by taking a picture when his beak was full of cobweb!