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Old Nov 16, 2011, 4:13 PM   #1
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The Australian Willy Wagtail is a beautiful bird, about the size of an English Sparrow, and it has an indominatable spirit. These images are from a series I shot yesterday, where this little fella was harassing a Kookaburra -10 times its size- and trying to persuade the Kookaburra to depart [we aussies have a much broader verbal description of 'to depart' but I won't use it here as it may offend ... ! ]

1- Listen 'ere you ... I don't want you hanging around my family


2- Eh you ! are you gunna take any notice of me ... push off!


3- Alright you - I'm now in your face, ya can't pretend ya can't hear me


4- Hey you - when are you gunna push off?


5- Come on you - take orf and go somewhere else


6- Good one - about time too !


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Old Nov 16, 2011, 5:36 PM   #2
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Great series and commentary Phil. Willies are such gutsy little birds and a joy to have in the garden.
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Great story, Phil,

couldn't possibly be told by a single picture

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G'day Phil

Wonderful story shared of the interaction between these birds. As Torgny stated, it can't be told the same way with a single photo.

I like seeing all the feathers spread out in the willy wagtail when its wings are extended in flight / attacking the kookaburra.

Here in Adelaide I've seen willy wagtails in a few areas, particularly near the Torrens river where it starts to slow down and meet the sea. But they don't see to visit my suburb / backyard (not that I've seen or noticed, at least).

Good to see photos from your neck of the woods, mate.

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Wow, what a terrific series! I love #4 and #5 - the Wagtail's wings look beautiful and great expression on the Kookaburra "Oh, bother...."
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Great series and good story telling

Thanks for sharing Backyard
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Great pictorial of a fascinating story! That's some aggressive little bird!!
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G'day all

Thanks for your responses - yes, the w-w is a gutsy little fella, and both are lovely to photograph

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Phil,
You are a good story teller indeed, Good series.

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Thanks for sharing.

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