Apostlebirds I have known and loved

I was out at Lake Broadwater recently. A group of 11 apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea) came to investigate me while I was eating. I set up my camera and flashes on the ground and stood a short distance away with my remote trigger. When the birds came over to investigate my camera and food crumbs, I blinded the bejiggery out of them with my camera gear. They soon got used to the flashes and the strange clicking noises, and I was able to take some pictures from an interesting perspective.

Apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea)
Apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea)

Apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea)
Apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea)

Apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea)
Apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea)

Apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea)
Apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea)

Apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea)
Apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea)

Apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea)
Apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea)

Apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea)
Apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea)

Apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea)
Apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea)

Apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea)
Apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea)

Apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea)
Apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea)

Apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea)
Apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea)

Apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea)
Apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea)

Apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea)
Apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea)

Apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea)
Apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea)

About Stewart Macdonald

I'm a wildlife ecologist living and working in Queensland, Australia. I spend most of my time in the bush finding and photographing wildlife.
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5 Responses to Apostlebirds I have known and loved

  1. Crazy birds:) I really like the first photo.

  2. kathy Topfer says:

    Apostle birds live in my garden- 1 acre. They nest here as well. The last couple of days, there have been only 2 or 3 here, and they are fighting with each other a lot-never seen this before- a nest of theirs was blown out of the tree, but I have not found any dead birds.
    Any reason they are fighting?
    Kathy

  3. Hi Kathy,

    Sorry, I have no idea why your birds are fighting.

  4. kathy Topfer says:

    maybe they are setting up a new group and establishing leadership.
    They have not come asking for food this morning
    Kathy

  5. kathy Topfer says:

    Think I have solved the riddle- 4 here for a while, and they have built a new nest in the same tree and they are sitting- This will be a new community, I guess. the magpies do not like it.
    Kathy