Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Australian darter

Watching this Australian bird one notices that it does enjoy the water and equally can be found on a river bank or perched in a tree, facing the sun with its wings stretched out drying itself off. The reason the Australian darter does this is that this is one of the species of Australian bird that does not have waterproofing within its wings and therefore it could be prone to becoming water logged.

The Australian Darter makes a platform nest of branches that it can utilise for several years and these nests are placed in trees above water. Inside these nests can be found up to six offspring at the time of hatching and some of these may make it through to adulthood.

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