the figbirds

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This little lady is a figbird, she is the dumpy cousin in the oriole family and is about 28 cm long. Though usually seen in flocks I have only seen her around with her mate. They have been visiting the wild tobacco trees on the edge of the nature reserve and they also like native fig-trees, white cedars and introduced pepper-trees. They like to nest in a favourite paperbark or fig and their nest resembles a loosely put together cup of vine-stems up high in the outer branches where they lay 2-3 spotted or blotched green-brown eggs. This male moves very quickly and they only stay briefly so I haven’t been able to get a good clear photo of the male as yet, while I was trying he swivelled his head right around and gave me the LOOK.

2 thoughts on “the figbirds

    rlte said:
    November 25, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Thanks for visiting my blog . I like your photos very much. Best, RLTE

      margosnotebook responded:
      November 25, 2012 at 8:31 am

      likewise, i like your painting, they have a nice ambience

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