Magpie-lark #2

The following photographs are of an Australian native Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca). I took these yesterday morning on a walk around the bird reserve near Lake Colac. As a young boy I knew these birds as Mudlarks or Peewees. The name Mudlark came from the fact these birds used mud to make their nests; Peewee came from their call “pee-wee” or “pee-o-wit”. These birds are now known to be related to other monarchs.

The first two images show a male Magpie-lark gathering mud to build a nest.

Magpie-lark gathering mud for a nest.

Magpie-lark gathering mud for a nest.

With its beak full of mud I then watched the bird fly to a tree-top in a private garden where the nest was under construction.

 

Magpie-lark

Magpie-lark gathering mud for nest building

Magpie-lark

This female Magpie-lark (identifiable by its white face and throat) was also seen feeding a short distance away. I don’t think it was the mate to the nest builder.

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