In a small stand of mangroves in the shadow of Meadowbank Bridge, we spotted some Australasian Figbirds (Specotheres vieilloti):
The female Figbird was also there:
Then we spotted a neat, mud nest on a branch hanging over the water:
It wasn’t long before the Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca)turned up – the female (white face and throat)
She sat on the nest, and we could see that she had a baby:
The male (black face and throat, white “eyebrow”) had clocked me however. Even though there were 12 to 15 people in the area, he absolutely knew that I was the one who had discovered where his nest was, and he proceeded to hassle me quite bravely. Which meant I was treated to some great aerial shots:
And the female never took her eyes off me either:
We left them in peace, but decided to check in with them regularly.