However, it is nice to look back through images and remember the places and times they were taken. I have therefore been reminded of the great trip I did out to Tiritiri Matangi Island last September, with mates John Ewen, Kevin Parker, Doug Armstrong and others. Got some great photos, with a bunch of them having been selected. However, this sequence below is probably one of the strangest sequences shot during this trip. I was perched in a small tree for hours photographing a North Island robin nest, and in fact did so on two occasions, but towards the end of the second stint something really bizarre happened. A female stitchbird approached the nest, peered into it at the chicks in the nest, and then appeared to feed the begging chicks. This is the first record of something like this ever happening with these two species, and is made even more bizarre by the fact they are completely unrelated, feed on very different foods (although may share some invertebrate prey species sometimes), and stitchbird nest in cavities! All a little strange, but glad I was there to capture it.
I will be trying to get some other photos from the last few months up on here over the next week as well.
|The real parent feeding the chicks
|The real parent at the nest, note the large spider abdomen sticking out of the chicks mouth
|The female stitchbird at the nest poised to feed the robin chicks
|Looking into the nest
|Female stitchbird feeding the robin chick