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Crimson Chat

Crimson Chat (Image ID 40350)
Resolution1800x1200
ID40350
CommentLast Spring a friend informed me that Chats were turning up in northern Victoria. After some research, I decided to head to Terrick Terrick National Park. I was completely unaware that small blocks of land that were part of the National Park were surrounded by open farming land; the only discernible difference was that the NP blocks had Box Thorn vegetation on them. The birds seemed very taken with this Box Thorn scrub, an interesting point because Box Thorn is an environmental weed in Victoria. As soon as I found one of these blocks, I found the Crimson Chats, flying across the road to a water hole. I turned up the next morning and was lucky to catch this nice male on a box thorn by the side of the road. He was surprisingly confiding and didn't seem to mind me photographing him at all. I chose this image because the bird had wonderful details in the feathering and was perched on the dominant vegetation of the block of the National Park I visited.
Keywordsmale, adult
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