It was a Springtime afternoon as far as a pair of Eastern Whipbirds were concerned.
They chased each other round and round under a couple of low shrubs outside my front verandah.
They even ran along a Park Bench made out of an old Railway Sleeper.
Then remarkably this guy actually appeared in the open, long enough for me to take a couple of snaps.
They're not great shots, but given how rare this encounter was, I will accept the opportunity gratefully.
|Whipbird was calling actively, and chasing another Whipbird|
Whipbirds are notoriously secretive, and have an ability to judge how to sit on the far side of any bush.
|Front-on view of the white cheek patches of the Whipbird|
I hear these birds every day, and recently they have been calling loudly and frequently, but this afternoon's performance was notable.
I only heard the male calling. There was no female answering call. (Listen to both calls: click on the sound file sign at top of the COG Gallery page here)
So, was this a mating ritual or a display of territorail behaviour to chase off another male bird? I really do not know. There were two birds present, but only one calling, and only one was prepared to allow itself to be photographed.