Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Golden Whistler

G’day,
Today it is cold and wet around here, (yippee!). An ideal time to go through and sort a few picture galleries. I came across some shots I’d taken recently of a pair of Golden Whistlers on the golf course.


While the female Golden Whistler, pachycephala pectoralis, seems to have missed out a bit in the beauty stakes, (although I love her shape), and pachycephala means ‘thick head’, the male’s plumage and beautiful song make this bird a favourite of mine.


Around here we’d probably class the Golden Whistler as locally nomadic with some altitudinal migration happening as well.

This pair, (I’m assuming it is the same pair), seem to faithfully return to a small patch of bush on the course every few days. They are not there every day and I’m guessing the Noisy Miners have a little to do with that.
Regards,
Gouldiae.

6 comments:

  1. Golden effort. Wet's OK. Draw the line at yippee for cold!

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  2. Beautiful birds, Gouldiae. I recently saw the Rufous Whistler which looks similar in shape etc but a lovely red/orange color where yours is golden.

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  3. Glad you got some rain at last not sure I like the cold with it.

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  4. Thanks T,M and N,
    Yep, good to get a few mm. Long way short of what we really need though. We get Rufous Whistlers here too Mick. They're due shortly. Thought I'd seen a female yesterday, but it was a golden.
    Gouldiae.

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  5. Nice to see a male Golden Whistler out in the sun.
    Lovely image.
    I have this theory that they hide themselves in shade, because they know they stand out so much.
    Just a theory!
    Good that you posted a pair, too.
    Denis

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  6. G'day Denis,
    Not a bad theory, might be something in it. Actually, I've found the GW's respond a bit to that 'finger sucking' sound you know about. They have a contact call that is pretty easy to imitate. Sometimes it brings them in a bit closer.
    Regards,
    Gouldiae

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