My favourite fig parrot has now been committed to her nesting hole for more that three months. As she is in a very busy area, she is fairly tolerant to people and even tall vehicles brushing the foliage of the tree she lives in. Unfortunately, she suddenly realised that I was intently watching the nest. Being in an urban area, I am restricted as to where I can place the camera and had to go within about 4 m of the nest. This was too much for the little bird, which jumped out of the hole and flew away. Fortunately she later returned to the nest but after the fright, she became very cryptic and was hard to observe. She has relaxed a bit since but I need to stay at least 6 m away. Fig parrots living in the woods are not used to people and is better to give them at least 20 m of clearance. If you have a flip out screen on you superzoom camera, you might use that to watch the birds to avoid the need to stare directly at the birds.
|Don't trust the humans|
|Fig parrot nest hollows in a pruned branch |
- this tree was on the mangrove edge before the park was filled.
|Close-up of the holes, not all holes become nests |
- perhaps the wood needs to be not to hard and not too soft
|Paperbarks that were born in grassland will die in the mangroves thanks to sea level rise|
|The massive branches of dead giants are perfect for fig parrots|
|Many of the branches eventually snap at or near fig parrot nesting holes|