Wednesday, January 25, 2006
I spent sometime this morning watching a group of Dusky Woodswallows in the Peter Murell Reserve at Kingston. An obvious and common bird at the moment, these just fledged young are most probably a second clutch as I recall seeing similar sized youngsters here a couple of months ago. The fledglings spent much of there time on this dead branch about 8 metres up, preening, while keeping an eye out for their parents. The pictures show preening of young by an adult--seemed to be preening those "bits" around the head that they were unable to reach themselves. Feeding, and an adult arriving with food and dislodging both the other parent and a youngster.