Friday, 23 January 2009

Willy Wagtail, Vaucluse

Juvenile Willy Wagtail
Juvenile Willy Wagtail
Juvenile Willy Wagtail  Rhipidura leucophrys

I've been feeding the local birds in readiness for Birdcam Australia (If my kit ever gets through customs!). The pioneering House Sparrows, my personal favourites, found the bounty first and have been attracting numerous species ever since. This insectivorous Willy Wagtail was confused by the prospect of eating seed and, after attacking a few of the sparrows, took off.

Other feeders so far have included Spotted Turtle Doves, Australian Magpies, a Magpie Lark, a Pied Currawong and a feral pigeon.

Spotted Turtle Dove  Streptopelia chinensis

House Sparrow  Passer domesticus

My Garden list (birds viewed from, in and over) currently stands at twenty five: Short-tailed Shearwater, Pacific Black Duck, Silver Gull, Spotted Turtle Dove, Feral Pigeon, Sulpher-crested Cockatoo, Rainbow Lorikeet, Laughing Kookaburra, White-throated Needletail, Fork-tailed Swift, Welcome Swallow, Willy Wagtail, Superb Blue Wren, Red Wattlebird, Noisy Minor, New Holland Honeyeater, Silvereye, House Sparrow, Starling, Common Myna, Magpie Lark, Pied Currawong, Australian Magpie, Australian Raven.


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