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    Post by Joy on Sun 15 Nov 2009, 10:06 pm

    These are not easy birds to photograph as they are constantly on the move, hopping & flitting along the ground, wagging their tail in an effort to stir up small flying insects. Their cheerful chit, chit, chit sound can be heard, almost non-stop.



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    Post by Joy on Sun 15 Nov 2009, 10:09 pm

    They are usually in a pair with their chit, chit chirruping a means of staying in contact when they are in different yards. This one seemed to be on its own.



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    Post by Joy on Wed 16 Dec 2009, 2:28 pm

    These images of a Willie Wagtail, & its nest, were taken at Bruiser's brother's farm. His garage is left open & birds do enjoy the safety & comfort it provides.



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    Post by Joy on Wed 16 Dec 2009, 2:30 pm

    The nest is so close to the roof. It must get quite hot there.



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    Post by Joy on Wed 16 Dec 2009, 2:31 pm

    These are really busy birds. They are never still for a moment.



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    Post by Joy on Wed 16 Dec 2009, 2:34 pm

    The nest is very neat. Found it hard to realise it was an actual nest!! :lol: It is made from spider webs & grasses & lined with animal fur, hair or soft grasses.



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    Post by Joy on Wed 16 Dec 2009, 2:37 pm

    Sitting on a door, just outside.



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    Post by Dawn on Thu 17 Dec 2009, 5:20 pm

    This is the first time I have seen a nest of Willie Wagtail . It is so well made isn't it Joy, it looks like a clay pot it is so perfectly proportioned They are also quite deep. I wonder how many eggs she will lay?

    Gosh yes it must get hot up there, but I suppose it is safer than outside, could be worse some where else.

    They are lovely little birds, I always think their tail is their crowning glory. if that makes any sense . Your Willie Wagtails look a little bigger than the ones we get here

    Sorry never got a chance to get to this one yesterday.
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    Post by Joy on Thu 17 Dec 2009, 10:23 pm

    The Australian Willie Wagtail is really a fantail, which was misnamed a wagtail. :lol: :lol: :lol: Am trying to think what it should be called. Freddie Fantail, perhaps???? Actually, it isn't fair to Mrs Willie Wagtail, calling her a Willie, is it???

    They are fairly small birds being 19 - 21.5cms in length & are always chitchitting away. They breed for almost six months of the year & often have four lots of chicks. They lay two to four eggs, sit on them for 14 days then feed their nestlings for another 14 days after which the young hang around for a few days until they realise they aren't going to get any more food. Then they are usually chased away, so the parents (who mate for life) can get on with rearing another brood. No wonder they are busy all the time, chasing insects. :lol:
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    Post by Joy on Wed 27 Jul 2011, 8:47 pm

    Saw this busy little Willie Wagtail up at Razorback Lookout this morning. It was hopping about, wagging its tail so much & so quickly, while chasing flying insects, it was hard to get shots of it. These were taken from inside the car. The grassy area it was hopping about on is elevated which explains the shot of it seemingly perched on the nose of the car.

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    Post by Joy on Wed 27 Jul 2011, 8:48 pm

    These little birds certainly have round tummies & lovely white eyebrows.


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