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Noisy Miners are fast becoming pests in Australia, but nevertheless they are living beings and like all parents their young are their priority. This nest, located in a small tree beside the house, enabled a clear view of the occupants and the comings and goings of the devoted parents who worked tirelessly to feed those ever demanding fledglings. I wonder which one got the worm!
These Noisy Miners are part of the honeyeater family and were living up to their name as they squabbled over the flowers of this tree.. it looks like a type of rubber or umbrella tree and the long pink stems of flowers were attracting the miners and the rainbow lorikeets.
Captured at Mullaway, north coast of NSW.
This Noisy Miner was enjoying the sun while preening itself. A small group of miner’s are related to the Honeyeaters and these particular miners are around 25-28 cm and amoung the commonest birds of eucalypt woodland in flocks up to 30 in eastern Australia from Townsville QLD to Adelaide SA.
They are grey-brown sociable birds and chatter away (hence the name noisy) but also have a lovely pre-dawn song. Though small they can lay as many as 5 eggs in nests made of sparse grasses lined with fur and hair placed in the forks of trees.
Captured at Mullaway, NSW north coast. Acknowledgement: The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds 2nd edition.