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    Pintailed Whydah. ( Vidua macroura)

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    Post by Dawn on Wed 18 Aug 2010, 1:20 am

    This little bird a Pintailed Whydah has found our feeders, they are reputed to dominate feeding grounds, it is his third dayat the feeders, and he has already starting chasing all the other birds away. He flys at them very quickly almost dives, and then sits and waits, continually doing this all the while. His tail is so graceful when he moves like this that it belies his quickness. I hope the nicer birds are not chased away by him as he is a nice little bird



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    Post by Dawn on Wed 18 Aug 2010, 1:56 am




    here you can see his tail in the breeze :smile:
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    Post by Dawn on Wed 18 Aug 2010, 1:57 am



    A picture of his back feathers
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    Post by Dawn on Wed 18 Aug 2010, 1:59 am

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    Post by Joy on Wed 18 Aug 2010, 7:33 am

    :coolsign: What a fantastic little bird, Dawn!!! :love: Its tail is gorgeous. You have taken such wonderful images, too. :bravo: Your Canon is doing a terrific job.

    Have Googled it & see this is a breeding male bird. Any sign of its harem of females??? The Wiki data says they are very territorial which would be why they chase other birds away from the feeder. You may have a bit of a bird "war" in your back yard. :lol!:

    :thankyou: for posting these great shots. :wave2:
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    Post by Dawn on Wed 18 Aug 2010, 5:56 pm

    Yes Joy :smile: one female came to the feeder this morning. She has the same markings as he has on the back of the wings but of course no tail!! and has less black in them. But He was doing his mating dance in the air, following her around. His tail was gorgeous, he looked like a ballerina with veils. I am going to get some more photos as I think I will be seeing them a lot from now on, they move so fast though and always on the move. Also maybe a video if they can stay in one spot for a decent period of time. :smile:.
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    Post by Joy on Wed 18 Aug 2010, 9:19 pm

    That is terrific Dawn. Spring is nearly here. :apgch: The trouble with birds is that they rarely co-operate with the camera. Thank goodness for digital cameras though. You can keep on snapping as long as they are around & delete the not-so-good ones, can't you?? :lol2:

    The info I read in Wiki said they don't brood or rear their young but lay the eggs in the nests of finches, such as waxbills, but don't destroy the host birds' eggs. Just give the poor finches a few extra babies to feed. :lol: Is this so?? It was called a songbird, so do they have a lovely song??
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    Post by Dawn on Thu 19 Aug 2010, 6:12 pm

    Joybells wrote:That is terrific Dawn. Spring is nearly here. :apgch: The trouble with birds is that they rarely co-operate with the camera. Thank goodness for digital cameras though. You can keep on snapping as long as they are around & delete the not-so-good ones, can't you?? :lol2:

    The info I read in Wiki said they don't brood or rear their young but lay the eggs in the nests of finches, such as waxbills, but don't destroy the host birds' eggs. Just give the poor finches a few extra babies to feed. :lol: Is this so?? It was called a songbird, so do they have a lovely song??

    I was taking photos the whole of yesterday afternoon, are 'nt digis wonderfull. The best invention since the washing machine :smile:

    I can remember washing babies nappies by hand along with all the other stuff like greasy work overalls when DH used to work in the coal station boilers . They issued them white overalls :omg: They were black with soot. All you could see was this black apparition come home with pink eyes sticking through :omg: . I appreciate my washing machine with a passion now, although I still not too keen on doing it! Anything can break but not the washing machine ;)

    Yes they are a song bird Joy! but as of yet I haven't heard him singing much that I can detect, there are so many other birds out there it's like a very noisy orchestra :) you have to listen hard to pick out each one. But we have been having to watch them from inside too as they are very skitsy when you go out. You were right ..... we have a war going on out there with the Whydah now. The waxbills came to the feeder a few days before the whydah so I think this is why they have found their way here, the waxbills must have nest with their babies in. It has been amazing to watch them the male sits there and chases all the birds, then he flys over the roof you see in the picture, and he comes back with the female, does his dance etc and she feeds and then she flies away again. Then sometime laterhe fetches her again and so it goes on. I am going to try to make up that video to put up. It is ages since I uploaded a video, hope I can do it again :-)

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    Post by Joy on Thu 19 Aug 2010, 9:27 pm

    WHITE OVERALLS!!!!!!! Were they mad!?!?!? :mad: Obviously chosen by someone who didn't have to do the washing!!!! :mad2: I, too, had to do all the washing, including nappies, by hand, for quite some time. Finally got a washing machine just before I was due to have my youngest son. He is only 13mths & 6 days younger than Nelbel, so I would have had two babies in nappies. Think I only got one because my then H was going to have to do the laundry while I was in hospital. :lol2: It was only one of those agitator washing machines with a powered wringer on top, but to me it was heaven. Before that, I used to wash the clothes, nappies, towels, bed linen, etc in the bath. Wasn't fun when you were 12 mths pregnant. Well I felt like I was. :rofl: My first automatic washing machine was fantastic. So I agree with you 100%. :good:

    Sure looks as though Mr Whydah has chosen the poor waxbills to be his surrogate parents for his young'uns. Seems as though he is a very protective escort for his partners & does take them out to dinner. :lol!:

    It will be very interesting to see your video, Dawn. Will love to see the tail in action. :love: Uploading to Vimeo is still really easy, especially using the desktop uploader, which is quicker than the on site uploader. I haven't used Vimeo for a while, too. Wonder if they have added some new gizmos. :whistle:
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    Post by Dawn on Fri 20 Aug 2010, 3:40 am

    Yes WHITE OVERALLSI I thought they were in lala land at the time. :lol2: truly I never used to think otherwise :lol2: But theywere good times I will never forget those times. Of course they are long past. But now we have better times!
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    Post by Joy on Fri 20 Aug 2010, 10:27 am

    :lol2: Unfortunately, my memories of "back then" aren't quite so fond, :roll: but, thankfully, things are, very definitely, much better. :excited: :whistle:

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