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sidney7
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Help needed please.

Hello Everyone,

Can anyone please identify what lovely bird this is, there are a pair of them in my yard.

This feisty one was finally still for a second to take quick snapshop, maybe a species of wren or wagtail perhaps?

Many thanks. 

rawshorty
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Grey Fantail

Shorty......Canon gear

Canberra

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rawshorty/ 

Elsie
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I'll second that smiley Good job getting a photo, they are so jitterylaugh 

sidney7
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Hi Shorty and Elsie,

Big thanks for your prompt ID replies, ...was watching them for ages this arvo feeding on flying insects, agile birds arent they, jittery alright!

Had about 12 goes but finally  got good snap of the fellow/gal.

They came quite close..almost feigning injury to sway me away...perhaps they have nest la?

...Shorty your Flickr page has superb photos, a reference in itself.

Thanks again,

Cheers

Sid

Clyde River Berry Farm.

Mogood, NSW

Woko
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Hi Sid. Grey Fantails are rather fearless in their interactions with humans. Just today I was sitting under my verandah & a Grey Fantail did a couple of U turns next to me before flying straight at me to within half a metre of my face. They often come to within a metre when I'm filling the bird bath. 

Have you noticed Grey Fantails in your yard previously? If not, what do you think might be attracting them? 

sidney7
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Hi Woko,

Oh my goodness, that is exactly what happened to me in the yardsmiley, ...a great interaction, the sound they made was very relaxing for me ..I was mesmerized, and kept going out for more, it was like they came close to say g'day swirling round as I was taking washing off the line..really made my daylaugh!

Funny you should mention as that is why I am posting, I have many bird visitors but this is the first time I have noticed them, I have purposely planted Natives and my yard is certainly attracting new species. . . . I also got the kookaburra sitting somewhat proudsmiley

sidney7
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Hi Woko,

Oh my goodness, that is exactly what happened to me in the yardsmiley, ...a great interaction, the sound they made was very relaxing for me ..I was mesmerized, and kept going out for more, it was like they came close to say g'day swirling round as I was taking washing off the line..really made my daylaugh!

Funny you should mention as that is why I am posting, I have many bird visitors but this is the first time I have noticed them, I have purposely planted Natives and my yard is certainly attracting new species. . . . I also got the kookaburra sitting somewhat proudsmiley

Woko
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Hi again, Sid. It's rather nice having that warm inner glow when a native bird or animal interacts with us. When I think about it I guess it's related to the fact that there's a level of trust that the creature shows in us. 

Good on you for having native plants in your garden. They're certainly good bird & other wildlife attractors. Are any of your native plants indigenous to where you live? Most of the vegetation at my place is indigenous. I'm trying to restore the vegetation that once existed where I live, partly to optimise the habitat for the wildlife & partly because I don't have to water at all since the plants are naturally adapted to the conditions. I live on the s.e. slopes of the Mt Lofty Ranges in SA. 

Canonguy
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Great to have nice birds around Sid.

BTW, love the blueberries from your farm. We just don't get to go down that way often enough. On our last visit in December 201 we picked/bought nearly six kilos. Absolutely divine.

You live in prime Masked Owl territory!

sidney7
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Hi Woko and Canonguy,

Glad you liked the blueberries, over 8 varieties, (saw lovely Azure Kingfisher at river the other day), we got into strife at  Canberra growers market during summer because of long customer line impeding access to other stall holders.smiley..I will keep eye out for Masked Owl.

Woko I started with shrubs and now they are trees especially the tall Hakea Salicifolias (yellow tailed cockatoos give them a workout), and a variety of Grevilleas and Eucalyptus spp., Lomandra, all indigenous to this area.  

So many bird species visiting now,  good luck with your plantings..

Woko
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Nice one, Sid. 

Yes, the Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos love those Hakeas. They're also very partial to indigenous-to-my-area Southern Cypress Pine Callitris preissii fruits. 

I'm not doing any planting these days. It's all minimum disturbance bushcare now & has been for a couple of years. Lots of native grasses, herbs, climbers are returning as the weeds recede. 

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