Little Wattlebird - knowledgeable person or persons sought

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Termite
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Little Wattlebird - knowledgeable person or persons sought

Hello there. Am constructing a blog around the flora/fauna of 20 acre bush block here on SA Limestone Coast. http://20acrebushblock.weebly.com/

As I have a front row seat to observe the Little Wattlebirds - verandah 8 metres away from heart of LW territory - I am keeping a diary on the blog, recording feeding, breeding, behaviour etc, and will continue for a full year. I have many questions about LWs and am struggling to find answers. If I could get a pic of male/female side by side (have only seen this twice) would I be able to see any differences? How long after mating do females lay - can they put fertilisation on 'hold' pending favourable conditions? Are they monogamous? Is there a study of their calls and what they mean? Do both sexes do the territorail, familiar call? How long do they live? Any useful resources that you know of which might assist?

If you can help with any of these I would really appreciate hearing from you. While the diary is informal, I do hope the study will yield some useful information - or at least be factual and entertaining. Thank you.

oconnore51
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Thanks for the link, the photography is beautiful, some amazing birds and the photos of the magnificent eucalyptus also are stunning.

elizabeth

Termite
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elizabeth thank you for your generous response - it is much needed encouragement.  i do love those trees - the same manna gum features in the looking up at the sky shot. am most appreciative.

WhistlingDuck

You have created a wonderful website... what a lot of customers you get at your bird baths! One of my favourites of your shots is of the group of brown headed honeyeaters at the bird bath.

The little wattlebirds are very entertaining - feisty characters. I would try the  'Contact Us' on this website - they may well be able to put you in touch with someone or point you at some resources on the LWBs. 

Failing that try the parent site http://birdlife.org.au/

Good luck.

Woko
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A most attractive blog, Termite. And that natural bushland on your property is stunning.

It would be good to track down someone who is doing or has done research into Little Wattlebirds so that you can feed her/him your observations. He/she might be able to answer the questions you have about this species. Google might be your starting point.

Information from The Australian Bird Guide has it that the Little Wattle Bird is highly vocal, especially at dawn in breeding season. And the calls include duetting from breeding pairs.

Termite
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I really appreciate that, WD - you're such a great contributor to the site - and will follow up on your suggestion. Thank you.

Termite
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you're also a great contributor - appreciate that Acted on your advice immediately - even on scholar there's much to wade through but have already found two interesting abstracts - one on vocalisations of all species of Wattlebirds around Adelaide (wonder if the city-slickers sound different to their country cousins?) so much interesting stuff ... cheers Woko

Devster
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What a great idea and really well done. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your articles and looking at your photos. With such a beautiful backyard it's only common sense to do a wonderful thing like this. Thanks so much for sharing.

Termite
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How very kind Devster (another great contributor) The blog is in its infancy, so I hope you and others will call back from time to time (and I would love to read something on the 'comments page') Feel very fortunate to live here and it's a joy to share. Cheers.

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