Monday, 3 November 2014

Eric and Ethel Dithers

I was watching a male Eastern Rosella exercise due diligence while selecting a potential nest site. A fellow observer [on the BLEG outing today] commented that, at their property, he and his wife frequently watched Eastern Rosella pairs take so long to decide on the nest site that other species "nabbed" the spot.

Hole 1: Hmm.

Hole 2: Hmm. So hard to decide. Need to see more.

Hole 3: Hmm. I'm still not sure.

Hole 4: The female checks out a crack in the trunk.
She was just casting the last of her immature plumage. The rosella boffins opined that, in this case of a pair with one bird fully plumaged and the other still immature, they are usually male and female respectively.

Having exhausted the holes [mostly full of starlings] on one tree, he moved thirty metres to another gum. A bit of a look around then pause for a rest. The female had not come over. The male made a quiet chirrup and waved his tail at her several times.

Hole 5: That's not a bad one down there.

I'll signal Ethel to come on over.

Holes 7 and 8: The Dithers continue their house hunting.

We then had lunch. The boyo was still selecting when we left after lunch!

Magic. f8 and be there.

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