10 comments on “NSW Western Road Trip – Spring Brings Bird Aggression- Part 2

  1. Hello Ash,
    What a way to start my Sunday evening. What a packed post, full of information and insight to the behaviors of birds – especially during this important time in their cycles. I appreciate how you present multi-sided views — no one side is “bad” or “good” in this case, each are doing their best to protect their territories and families. An important reminder to take a moment to consider the other perspective, before taking premature action…very important especially during these challenging times. James 1:19 is perfect!

    I am glad Butch is doing well and trusting to introduce the next generation to you. What a real privilege and joy! I admire how the Willy Wagtails will risk so much to protect each other, while at the same time greatly admire the patience of the Kookaburra. So much to appreciate from each bird 🙂

    As always, we appreciate how much care you put into each post, and it’s great fun learning something new. Wishing you and Mrs H a great evening. (An email was finally sent your way!) Have a blessed week ahead my friend!

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    • Thanks so much Takami for your appreciative comments, it so delights me to know my posts inform and showcase our Aussie birds. It is a wise extrapolation you shared regarding the nature of the aggression during nesting, and to apply it to our current global situation we all share in. The Kookas are always an inspiration to me with their patience. I do find the unwarranted attacks of Miners on our local Kookas around our home disheartening as I love hearing them first thing in the morning, as I did through most of my early life in the country. Enjoy your week, I pray it goes well as you settle in and make new friends at work. 🙂

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  2. Fantastic action shots of the different birds’ aggression, the blaze of colors with the three Eastern Rosella was gorgeous! How wonderful to find all the nests shared, I love seeing birds’ homes. Loved the Crested Pigeon fledglings’ video with the one adjusting the other’s crest. You can almost hear the one saying, “Geez, hold still, I need to fix your hair, you’re on camera!” 😉 Enjoyed your post, Ashley!

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    • Thanks Donna, yes our Rosellas are very colourful, and the Eastern is particularly shy to photograph under normal circumstances. It was such an intense fight, and they moved so fast and ferocious. Yes it was also cute seeing the Cresteds doing crest adjustments. Maybe the condition and style of the crest may communicate style or breeding in a similar way to a persons dress.Enjoy your week and may you be blessed with many more lifers my friend 🙂

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  3. It is a strange turn of events when birds decide that we should be feeding them and they make their presence felt.
    Black Swans at the Melbourne Botanic Gardens were a real menace and menacing for quite awhile.
    I’ve had Kookaburras, Ravens and Magpies all attack a picnic.
    And a ‘whack’ by the wing of a Crestie is certain to give a start.

    Hope the trip goes well, and you get some good weather.

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    • Thanks David, yes it can really put you off your picnic when birds brazenly become demanding, it did my wife. I withheld the footage of her being mobbed by the Apostlebirds on 2 occasions when she became afraid as they were going too far. Funny little creatures how they buzz and scavenge a lot like the Choughs they are often accompanied by. We are home now and have been sorting the pics. I do hope you get more of a chance outdoors in the Spring sunshine. I would imagine there will be more Vitamin D deficiencies than usual post Covid.

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  4. The bird’s behavior is mostly caused by territorial intrusion. Of course, has to do with protecting the family from predators. In general, the bigger and strongest bird might rule at the end but not necessarily. Great post, Ashley. 🙂

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  5. Thanks for an interesting post Ashley, good captures of the bird aggressions. I have never seen an apostle bird so it was interesting to see their photos and videos. And a great photo of the magpie staring at the camera! That would scare anybody!!

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    • Thanks Sue, the Apostlebird is an unusual little creature, and quite well adapted to humans when we picnicked, they became a little aggressive also when we did not feed them. They were quite bold, which gave my wife a bit of a scare, though they were easy enough to send off. We were amused by their antics. These birds are only found west of the Great Divide. If you ever visit the Western Plains Zoo at Dubbo or the Parkes Dish you will see them as well as the Choughs, they are all over the place.

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