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Mad Aussie
02-27-2010, 06:08 PM
Have had a funny little visitor the past couple of days. He's here as I type this right now. Seems our tinted office windows have him fooled that his own reflection is a female or maybe a rival male, I'm not sure ... he speaks too fast so I can't catch what he's saying :)

Forgive the crappy photos ... it was very dark, afternoon and wet, reflections as well.

He runs along the outside window sill, chirping and carrying on for awhile.
http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u104/Mad-Aussie/10%20photographyca/Jan-Jun/_MG_1302.jpg

Sometimes he presses right up for a close look
http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u104/Mad-Aussie/10%20photographyca/Jan-Jun/_MG_1320.jpg

Then he flaps around and finally flies up and down the window before starting the process all over again!
http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u104/Mad-Aussie/10%20photographyca/Jan-Jun/_MG_1323.jpg


http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u104/Mad-Aussie/10%20photographyca/Jan-Jun/_MG_1328.jpg


http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u104/Mad-Aussie/10%20photographyca/Jan-Jun/_MG_1329.jpg

He's what we call a 'Willy Wagtail' and they have a beautiful song.

casil403
02-27-2010, 09:28 PM
Lol what a narcissist! :laugh:
Love it! :clap:
Thanks for the laugh..I'll bet it's a riot to see it live in person! :laughing:

Mad Aussie
02-27-2010, 09:38 PM
Haven't seen him for a few hours now ... he spent about 30 hours here yesterday doing this which when I snapped those shots. :)

Michaelaw
02-27-2010, 09:53 PM
Great bird journalism there MA, At least it seems to be aware there's no flying through it. That can be a real hazard for birds. It's a cute little gaffer too :D
I love his little face in the second shot :thumbup:

Mad Aussie
02-27-2010, 09:57 PM
He's a funny little guy alright. He hasn't flown into the window as such but has lightly 'attacked' it a few times.

We do get a few birds flying into the windows though. The last was just a few days ago but it was fine.

Bambi
02-27-2010, 10:25 PM
if ever a bird had attitude, this little one has it in spades!!! I love it!!!!

thanks :)

MoinMoin
02-28-2010, 02:04 AM
Haha - funny picutere story, Steve. Especially the second and the last shot are great. Did it get through the window with it's attack flight? :D

JAS_Photo
02-28-2010, 02:12 AM
Very cute! Those white spots above his eyes make him look like a superhero.

Mad Aussie
02-28-2010, 05:08 AM
Haha - funny picutere story, Steve. Especially the second and the last shot are great. Did it get through the window with it's attack flight? :D
No but he came back today for another go this morning. :)


Superhero huh JAS ... you're thinking of Batman's eyebrows on his mask huh? :)

jumpinjimmyjava
02-28-2010, 08:51 AM
Wow, that's hilarious Mad. I think your theory is probably correct. He sees a rival in his reflection! Or, he's looking for a job. Birds can be such funny creatures. Well done - jimmy :thumbup:

Mad Aussie
02-28-2010, 03:07 PM
Thanks Jimmy! Unless he's got some really good programming skills he's wasting his time trying to a get job here! :)

jumpinjimmyjava
02-28-2010, 03:16 PM
He's probably got better programing skills than me Mad ! :laughing:......:shrug:

Mad Aussie
02-28-2010, 03:19 PM
He's probably got better programing skills than me Mad ! :laughing:......:shrug:
Dunno ... I think he was just winging it. I could tell by the way he kept chirping on and on about nothing. Seemed a bit flighty too.

jumpinjimmyjava
02-28-2010, 03:24 PM
He probably just flew the coop! Or perhaps he's just a birdbrain ! . . . :laughing: . . :shrug:

edG
03-01-2010, 06:09 AM
cool set MA

Mad Aussie
03-01-2010, 03:13 PM
Cheers EdG.

He was back again yesterday morning and more aggressive this time. Kept tapping his beak on the glass. Went on for hours ... was getting annoying while we were trying to work.
I opened the window and said "Hey you! Yeh ... the one with the feathered cap! Get a life dopey!" Barely a reaction at all. He sort of looked up for a moment and then ignored me totally!

Bambi
03-01-2010, 06:35 PM
Cheers EdG.

He was back again yesterday morning and more aggressive this time. Kept tapping his beak on the glass. Went on for hours ... was getting annoying while we were trying to work.
I opened the window and said "Hey you! Yeh ... the one with the feathered cap! Get a life dopey!" Barely a reaction at all. He sort of looked up for a moment and then ignored me totally!

AHA! Must be unionized.

or in management! :laughing:

Mad Aussie
03-01-2010, 06:57 PM
Haven't seen him today ... but then there's been no break in the rain ... so the union theory works! :headslap:

Mad Aussie
03-08-2010, 11:24 PM
I grabbed the compact camera a day or so ago and decided to take some little vids of Willy Wagtail for those who are interested :)

They are small ... no bigger than about 3 mb.

Vid 1 (http://s166.photobucket.com/albums/u104/Mad-Aussie/?action=view&current=MOV00485_xvid.flv)

Vid 2 (http://s166.photobucket.com/albums/u104/Mad-Aussie/?action=view&current=MOV00486_xvid.flv)

Vid 3 (http://s166.photobucket.com/albums/u104/Mad-Aussie/?action=view&current=MOV00487_xvid.flv)



If those links don't work ... see them here ... Pictures by Mad-Aussie - Photobucket (http://s166.photobucket.com/albums/u104/Mad-Aussie/)

Michaelaw
03-08-2010, 11:26 PM
I'm getting a "Server not found" error on these?

Mad Aussie
03-08-2010, 11:27 PM
Yeh I just saw that myself ... just working out why now

Mad Aussie
03-08-2010, 11:33 PM
Ok ...should be working now :)

Michaelaw
03-08-2010, 11:39 PM
Too cute and funny MA...Thanks for taking the time to share those :thumbup:

Mad Aussie
03-08-2010, 11:43 PM
Too cute and funny MA...Thanks for taking the time to share those :thumbup:
CHeers Michael ... just a snippet to show what the photos were about. Shame I couldn't get more of his squawking too :) It was a brief visit though.

Today is the first sunny day we've had in weeks ... and we haven't seen the little guy today. The overcast conditions must have had something to do with it.

JAS_Photo
03-09-2010, 12:13 AM
Very cute and funny little guy!

Mad Aussie
03-09-2010, 12:15 AM
Crazy little guy :)

Bambi
03-09-2010, 07:58 AM
he's adorable. Maybe once he finds a mate he'll settle down :)

casil403
03-09-2010, 08:47 AM
LOL he keeps going around the windows checking them out and it's like he's saying "OMG they are everywhere!"
Too funny! Little fart. :)