Tuesday, 13 March 2012

World Bird Wednesday - Willie Wagtail

As I was walking towards the shops at Point Lonsdale I was visited by this rather energetic little bird – a Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys). They are almost always in motion, swishing their tails from side to side like a clock work toy. If they get cross – and they seem to have very short tempers – they flare the white stripes above their eyes.

I think this one was very used to people and a day later he almost landed at my feet as we spent a last few hours drawing in the sand and generally not wanting to go back to work!

They are a very vocal and sometimes aggressive little bird – I’ve watched them attack magpies and they will often attack cats if they get too close to a nest. It must be hard work being that small!
I suppose it’s another example of a bird named for its supposed likeness to a bird from the far North of the world.

You can find more birds at World Bird Wednesday.

You can find the latest post to my other blog by clicking on the Paying Ready Attention image on the RHS of the screen.

Enjoy the birds.

18 comments:

EG CameraGirl said...

I wonder if small birds KNOW they are small. By the way small ones here chase crows or hawks, I think they either don't have a clue or are very brave.

TexWisGirl said...

a cute little character! with a most interesting name. :)

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Love the images, love the bird, love the name and I think it sounds very much like the personality of our Mockingbirds...they are quite the characters as well...yes, tis fun to play in the sand;)

Frank said...

It may have a similar name but obviously far more fiesty than the ones I regulary see here!

eileeninmd said...

They are cute birds, and I like the name Wagtail. Great shots!

mick said...

Great photos of the little Willie! They are fun to watch.

Andrew said...

A lovely little bird to see...

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Is that really his name? It's cute and so is he -- in fact, he is adorable.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Beautiful photos.

Regards and best wishes

Gary said...

Great captures and an interesting read. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Fjällripan said...

So sweet little bird! :)

Marie said...

Thank you so much Stewart for checking out my current events blog They Did What?! I really appreciated your comment! Just trying to get the word out there about some things that are going on in our world these days!

These are lovely photos. Have an awesome week!

joo said...

Hi Steward! Ids such a sweet little bird!

NixBlog said...

Great photos of these wonderful little birds, Stewart. "Leucophrys" comes from the Greek and means " with white eyebrows" - very apt!

NatureFootstep said...

a nice little wagtain. We don´t have that onw os it was nice to see your shots. And read the story.

Springman said...

How much heart do these little creatures have? Amazing that they have that much attitude to face off with a cat!

bailey-road.com said...

What a cute little bird!

SandyCarlson said...

As dignified as an eagle!