The Lookout

On the way back to the campground at Hattah Kulkyne National Park, I came across a group of Apostlebirds – so called due to their typical family group numbers being around 12. There were actually 10 that I could see of this particular group. They are very similar socially to the White-winged Chough. They are also mud nest builders. When I pulled over and parked the car I was watched by a lookout. I tried to be careful and make sure the flock did not flush. Standing still I watched and photographed the lookout. He watched me and then  flew down and walked towards me. He walked right up to the back of my legs, around me and then onto the rest of the flock. Choughs will only let you approach after a time and will easily flush. Both species place lookouts to watch for predators or neighbouring tribes. This flock of Apostlebirds had a territory close to the camp grounds and I assume had become quite used to people.

Apostlebird, Hattah Kulkyne National Park, Vic

The lookout, Apostlebird, Hattah Kulkyne National Park, Vic

Apostlebird, Hattah Kulkyne National Park, Vic

Strutted straight up to me…

Apostlebird, Hattah Kulkyne National Park, Vic

II

Apostlebird, Hattah Kulkyne National Park, Vic

Stood a few feet behind after walking right up me

Apostlebird, Hattah Kulkyne National Park, Vic

Back with the flock

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