Terry Watts (sirterrywatts) wrote,
Terry Watts
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Willie Wagtail - Rhipidura leucophrys

The Wagtail is a very common sight across Australia. These birds are very successful breeders, and their species can be found as far as Indonesia and the Philippine Islands. They are commonly seen catching insects mid-flight and when they land they wag their tail back and forth in almost a nervous fashion, ready to take flight again. They are incredibly nimble and can out-fly, and out-manoeuvre just about anything. When resting their sleek body is stylish and looks almost like a fighter jet.

These two were found near a small water spring 80klm South of the Northern Territory Border. Their bronze wingtips, means that they are still young. When they are older they will have a completely white underside with a black face and wings. It looks like these two have become partners early on in life, and face a challenge living together in the outback.

These birds are common, but out this way, they should be considered very special in this location.

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Tags: australian outback birds wag-tail
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