Alert but not alarmed…

On the weekend I met up with my local “gang” of birders and we wandered up  Elster Creek to the Golf Course lake and had a look around…besides finding a turtle (my first Eastern Long Necked), we also watched the feeding antics of the local Little Corellas feeding on the ripe seed cones of a tall skinny conifer. They use their feet like we would use our hands. I noticed that when the Noisy Miners (a local, aggressive Honeyeater) screeched out their alarm calls the Corellas stopped feeding and quickly looked skyward but did not seem overly concerned (did the alert suggest a certain generally non-threatening predator?)…I have seen a number of bird species do this…I am convinced there is a common bird language.

Little Corella, Elster Creek, Victoria

Little Corella enjoying a seed cone from a Conifer…

Little Corella, Elster Creek, Victoria

Watching us watch him…

Little Corella, Elster Creek, Victoria

Looking skyward when the alarm call goes out from a different bird species…

Eastern Long necked turtle, Elster Creek, Victoria

Eastern Long necked turtle, Elster Creek, Victoria

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