Building a picture of territories

I have found several spots now at Greens Bush where I am sure that Bassians have set up feeding and nesting territories. Besides looking for the right sort of terrain and vegetation I am also on the lookout for fresh droppings. When watching the birds feed and pick up some good size morsels they seem to process the previously taken food and excrete a bright white splash. Based on the  amount of white droppings I am finding in an area I can be fairly certain that I have found another Bassian feeding area. The shots of the two birds below were taken in different parts of the forest walk that I have come to expect to see Bassians.

Bassian Thrush, Greens Bush, Mornington Peninsula National Park, Vic

Bassian Thrush, Greens Bush, Mornington Peninsula National Park, Vic

Bassian Thrush, Greens Bush, Mornington Peninsula National Park, Vic

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Bassian Thrush, Greens Bush, Mornington Peninsula National Park, Vic

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Bassian Thrush, Greens Bush, Mornington Peninsula National Park, Vic

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4 responses to “Building a picture of territories

  1. Beautiful Bassian shots Malt! I usually find them in the dark dense rainforest where I get poor light to get good pics, but yours are great, well done. I will look out for the white excreta when I am looking for them, as they are very territorial and often found in the same areas.

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    • Thanks Ashley, I have found that I move slowly up on the Bassian and gently push it forward into better light, also a very high ISO helps. They also stand very still when they look at you so you get a pic with a fairly average shutter speed. The photos are certainly ok for the blog and FB. Looking at the detail of the one in the tree I have just noticed the soft lines on the tail feather…I need to study the photos I already have a bit better

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  2. I love seeing Bassian Thrushes 🙂 And it’s great when you can get to know the local birds at a spot and know more or less where they’ll turn up!

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