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Nov 25, 2020 04:44 |  #1546

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The resident young Tasmanian Native Hens growing up.
They are getting more adult features, colours etc

Today I went out for a chat and it was uncanny. They came together and sat/ stood still for ages gazing about. Lovely to watch, as is the common interaction between parent and chick

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Nice! What age are they now, Richard?


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Nov 25, 2020 04:47 |  #1547

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Beautiful. What lovely baby birds. Interesting how well camouflaged they are at such a tender age.
Proud parents shot is a beauty.
Lovely series.
Be interesting to watch them develop.
I get a lot of fun watching our 4 grow and change.

Thanks Richard! Hopefully they will hang around at work for a while, but I suspect they will return to the nearby golf course soon.


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Nov 25, 2020 04:54 |  #1548

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Nice! What age are they now, Richard?

Thanks
First photo I got was 31st October and I'd suspect about 2 or 3 days old then.
So 4 weeks? Wouldn't be any more.



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Nov 28, 2020 02:37 |  #1549

a few from todays walk with the locals
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Nov 28, 2020 02:59 |  #1550

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Nov 30, 2020 04:36 |  #1551

there's about 5 weeks between these two.
Those little blighters are not from the friendly clan and they go like the clappers. Best I've got so far


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this clan is so tolerant of my presence I was able to get within about 16 feet today and they still just went about their business.
I'll work at getting closer each day and see what transpires.
This one is getting to look more like its parents by the day. The beak is now changing to yellow. Eyes still dull but the red is showing


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Dec 02, 2020 03:28 |  #1552

one of the latest of several baby Tasmanian Native Hens
I looked out the window early one morning and the whole tribe was just outside. Mum, dad, aunts, uncles and the babies.
It was delightful to watch but very hard to get anything decent.


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not shown for its quality but interesting as it shows the huge feet these tiny birds have.
They really are mini race horses and to see them race across the turf is amazing.
Behind and left are some eggs another bird must have yanked out of a lovely nest I saw with, I think a blackbird on it.
4 lovely blue eggs, tucker for someone.


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Dec 05, 2020 03:19 |  #1553

This guy was knocking on the kitchen window before flying off. He did stay long enough to have his photo taken. There is a nest next door in a date palm and I am not sure whether his is one of this years brood.

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Dec 06, 2020 20:20 |  #1554

The way these little Tasmanian Native Hens develop is fascinating.
Watching their covering, beak and eye changes is easy to track and something I can't do with other birds that live in nests until fledged.
Juniors beak goes from stripes to grey to pale green, yellow to the final bright yellow


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Dec 07, 2020 04:12 |  #1555

one of the 4 juniors reclining on the grass heap


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and a Little Wattle Bird enjoying the callistemon


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Dec 10, 2020 03:18 |  #1556

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Dec 12, 2020 01:52 |  #1557

male Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo on our Banksia
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Dec 13, 2020 03:23 |  #1558

another of our beautiful larger native birds is the Tasmanian Black Currawong ~ Strepera fuliginosa

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Dec 13, 2020 03:41 |  #1559

came across this by the dam.
Rather sad affair.

Not sure what went on here, but it looks like the remains of a female Superb Fairy Wren and an intact but dead male.
Do birds pine for the demise of their loved ones and die?

Certainly shows the magnificent plumage of the males


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Dec 16, 2020 02:12 |  #1560

More Tasmanians the Forest Ravens, the youngsters are fully fledged and flying but still getting an occasional feed from the parent birds.


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