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Fairy Martin

Fairy Martin (Image ID 40371)
Photographed byLes George on Sat 13th Oct, 2018 and uploaded on Thu 7th May, 2020 .
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ID40371
CommentMost Fairy Martin nest colonies are found under man made structures such as bridges or culverts under roads and also under eaves. This species must have learnt that such structures preserve their nests from year to year allowing for multiple breeding events. Before the advent of such structures these birds would have had to use natural features such as seen here. I have only seen Fairy Martin nest on tree trunks and undersides of larger limbs at this location. I have also noted that other bird species will also occupy unused or unfinished nests. I have recorded Zebra Finch nesting in unfinished nests though never seen them nest within. The one other species was Budgerigar; as seen in previous photo. Nest such as these will all fall due to tree shedding bark and probably aided by other environmental influences.
EquipmentCanon 7D11
Canon 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS ii USM
LocationCoomeroo Pool, Carnarvon, Western Australia
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