Striated Pardalote

one of two I saw today. They kept crawling into these holes in an embankment, occasionally coming out with what appeared to be a flying termite in their beaks.

View all photos taken: Thursday, 30th July 2009, This photo: 1:59pm

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Comments

  • Tobias N. Hayashi said:
    Very nice shot, well done finding a hole in the ground.
  • accesser said:
    Interesting, Indeed good spotting guess they know where to find such delicacy's
  • Millisynth said:
    I really like these little birds.
    Good Capture!
  • David de Groot said:
    I'd spotted one in a tree, and took a few average shots of it, then wandered away a little way and observed him. He flew down to a hole so I got closer and lay on the ground and waited. A second turned up and one stood guard on the rock to the left while the other was in the hole.
    In the front of my neighbours driveway ;-) I hear them all the time, but being so small they're not always easily spotted.
    Yeah they're cute and have a nice call.
  • fatimka said:
    nice capture!
  • kjbeath said:
    Also a suitable nesting spot for a pardalote, so maybe some preparation.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks.
    Do they nest in holes ? The only nest I've seen these guys in has been constructed in a tree, mind you, it had a hole in it, so I guess it's possible. I'd have thought lizards would have been a problem so near the ground though.
  • SkattyKat said:
    Great capture David
    Right place, right time eh
  • David de Groot said:
    As is so often the case with birds Kath ;-)
  • kjbeath said:
    I don't know how they deal with lizards etc but definitely nest in burrows www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=13132
    I've been surprised a couple of times when they have flown out of the burrow.
    See as well
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/14867000@N00/1796508703]
  • cess_pit said:
    Flying high with this beautiful bird!
    www.flickr.com/groups/beautifulbirdscom/
  • Out_and_About said:
    We need more of those types of birds if they are eating termites! Great shot Dave
    MichelleL
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  • David de Groot said:
    Well there you go then. Interestingly there were two holes about 1.5m apart and they were checking out both of them.
    Indeed :)