A drop in visit to the Moorooduc Quarry Flora and Fauna reserve after all the rain lately meant a slog through the mud and water along the paths to the Quarry. It was fairly quiet as the birds seemed to be in a bit of shell-shock only making a bit more noise and becoming more mobile when the sun made an appearance every now and again. I walked along a path where I regularly see Eastern Yellow Robins and while trying to photograph a pair hunting I noticed a young Kookaburra watching me with interest. He did not seem bothered at all by how close I was…
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Great shots, they look so cold! the fluffed out feathers are interesting. I’ve seen magpies do that, also sunbaking — they lie on a bit of dirt (not grass) and spread out their wings fully and just lie there. I don’t know if they are trying to get warmer or cooler. They usually have a lookout stationed to watch out for them while they’re doing it. Have you ever seen this?
Thanks for the comments Sue. I have seen magpies lying flat on their backs with wings outstretched. I thought they were dead. I think they are sunning themselves and possibly it is part of a grooming/preening routine – it might aggravate mites so they are easier to find and remove…I have some images from Mallacoota where birds are sun-baking – https://maltpadaderson.com/2016/02/15/sun-baking-at-double-creek/
Thanks for that, I didn’t know other birds did it too. I’ve only seen them doing it when it’s very hot. A magpie stretched out is quite a different proposition scare-wise to the little birds in your other post.