Saturday, 9 August 2008

Gold! Gold! Gold!

I was going to write something about yellow pigmentation in bird feathers but I'm caught up with work-related stuff, so that will have to wait for another day. But I'm not going to hold on to the photos that prompted me to think about this topic.

This crested shrike-tit (Falcunculus frontatus) kept searching for food even though I was only about three metres away. It knew I was there but was quite unconcerned. It just kept working away, tearing off bark and picking out seed pods and moving every time I focussed.

Shrike-tits belong to the family Pachycephalidae, aka the whistlers or ... ahem ... thickheads. Seems a bit unfair.

Anyway, it's another bird on my Serendip Sanctuary list. Not rare but nice to see. I spotted this one along the causeway that separates the permanent lake from the swamp, seen here in the top left hand corner.

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Mosura said...

Wish we got them here. It's many years since I've seen one!

Snail said...

It's been a while since I've seen them too. They've very cute, in a robust and businesslike sort of way.

Duncan said...

Good one Snail, we rarely see them up here, let alone photograph them, well done.

bluebird said...

Those are beautiful pictures - I stumbled across your blog a couple of days ago and am going to have to spend a good few days reading it all!

Anonymous said...

Norman would be proud of you.


Snail said...

Welcome, Bluebird!

Hi y'all, have been a bit preoccupied lately.