Thursday, September 10, 2009

On The Course This Morning

G'day Blog Readers,
I did a quick 'reccy' around the course with the camera this morning and came across a few surprises.

This is the first bower I've come across on the course. It appeared to be pretty fresh and had the obligatory blue items scattered about. This one runs north - south like the two in our garden, but the blue 'toys' in this case are at the northern end whilst it's the other way round in the garden bowers. A couple of nearby golfers were impressed when they asked what I was doing. The bower is just a couple of metres from a tee. The explanation became a bit involved after one of the players suggested it was a pretty public place for the birds to rear their babies!

A little further on I disturbed a Common Bronzewing. I've been hearing them 'ooming' away in this locality for some time now and must make an effort to see if they have nested nearby.

I was just heading out the main gate and a small group of White-winged Choughs flew into a nearby tree top in the car-park. The activity was quite frenzied as it often is with these birds, so I paid closer attention and discovered a nest.

As I watched, about three different birds took turns to settle on the nest one after the other. While one sat, the others waited their turn nearby. One of my favourite birds on the course. They almost seem to run up and greet you if you come across them on the back track.

Here's the final surprise from the walk.

Now, is that bird on the left an Eastern Rosella with a Crimson's body, or a Crimson Rosella with an Eastern's cheek patch? Any suggestions?


  1. Hi Gouldiae
    Interesting finds. Nice Bronzewing - they're always good to see.
    Your "Crimson" Rosella is a definite hybrid - with the white cheek patch.
    You can see it has the heavier body and larger size of its Crimson parent. Tail seems to have a possible light rump, and the coloured patches on the back are mixed colours. More signs of its Eastern parent.

  2. That's an interesting set of birds close around the golfers. Why would three different Choughs settle on the nest? Would it be 'owned' by one or do they do everything communally? It's a bird I don't know.

  3. G'day Denis,
    Nicely defined. I think you might be spot on. DF says he's seen one before over his way. Crims seem to be on the decline a bit around here.
    They flew off together toward home, so I might monitor the nest boxes carefully and see if anything happens.

  4. G'day Mick,
    Yes Mick, I think they are just about the most communal species around here. Always in a group of 5 or more. Apparently the young don't mature for several years and they stay with their parents all the time, eating, sleeping and playing together. They all help build the nest and they all help incubate the eggs. Apparently the young will fledge before they can fly and rely on camouflage on the ground for survival. Must keep an eye on them.