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Not You Again !!!

Not You Again !!!
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Copyright: Michelle Rower (mrower) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 38 W: 0 N: 24] (133)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ10
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-03-26 19:41
Viewed: 3992
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This beautiful little spotted pardalote was sitting quite close to the entrance to his nest tunnel. Pardalotes dig a tunnel into a soft earth bank with a chamber at the end that is lined with bark for their nest.
I'm particularly lucky as I often see the pardalotes collecting nesting material from my paperbark tree right outside my front door. They seem to know me and allow me to approach quite closely to snap shots of them collecting small strips of paperbark. They gather quite a beak full before flying off with it. Usually the male is the one collecting and the female sits on guard duty nearby, calling softly to him if she sees any danger.
For a tiny bird they give beautiful, distinctive loud calls and will answer you if you mimic them. I often have "conversations" with the two that visit my yard.
I had watched the male pardalote in this picture over a period of 18+ months. I had tried to capture him leaving his nest hole and all I ever got was a blur across the photo. They are like mini torpedos and seem to blast from the hole. I was using film then and even with 800 speed got only a big blur. This guy often sat where I photographed him and watched us watch him. I don't think he was upset with us as he entered and left the nest hole when he knew we were there. We never stayed for long as we did not wish to disturb him.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-03-27 6:15]

Michelle after reading your notes, I realise you know a lot about your Oz birds. Your notes are interesting to read. This fellow is a little beauty, colours and details quite unique. I love the yellow against the black feathers. A little over-exposed but otherwise well done.

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  • Mazer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 65 W: 3 N: 34] (104)
  • [2005-03-29 23:11]

Intresting little fellow, nice colours and pose, just a shame its a bit over exposed in several areas. Nice capture all the same, well done and thanks for sharing.

Hi Michelle, great photo! These are such beautiful little birds, and normally quite hard to spot. You're very lucky to have them nesting nearby :)

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