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White-fronted Chat

White-fronted Chat (Image ID 45591)
Photographed byMichael Hamel-Green on Fri 26th Mar, 2021 and uploaded on Mon 5th Apr, 2021 .
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ID45591
CommentOne bird you will never fail to see at Western Treatment Plant is the White-Fronted Chat, sometimes flying ahead of you as you drive the tracks, sometimes perching on shrubs to wait for you to go past. Coastal shrub wetlands are their preferred habitat, which is why they are less often seen inland. The more noticeable male with black cap and tuxedo tends to command our attention but females have a subtle beauty of their own, with their grey cap, grey-brown back, and dark breast-band bleeding into white underparts. This female is perched on a saltbush, pretending not to know I am there but probably impatient for me to move on. It is the female who always builds the nest in breeding season but the males do lend a hand from then on, taking turns in incubation and feeding offspring.
EquipmentNikonZ7ii Nikon 300mm f4 PF TC1.4 420mm ISO 1000 1/3200th f5.6 Monopod
LocationWerribee Treatment Plant, Werribee, Victoria
Keywordsfemale, adult
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