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Monday, 28 July 2014

Chats


 Always make time to stop for a chat! That is something I'm pretty keen on when it comes to being social with other humans, but also when an opportunity presents itself to photograph one of the most striking songbirds! Above you can see a male Crimson Chat (Epthianura tricolor), a vivid jewel in the low gibber and bluebush plains we have currently been driving through. Like many of the wrens and robins, this species shows strong sexual dimorphism in plumage, meaning males and females are very different to look at. In other birds the sexes are similar to look at but one is often larger than the other (size dimorphism). Here is the female chat, who you can see is much smaller. It was a thrill to watch her cleaning small insects from the bluebush shrub.


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