Weeks after we noticed this male Magpie-lark (Peewee) with his foot tangled in fishing-line, it was still there and obviously causing him pain. Just a friendly reminder to any anglers – please do your utmost to ensure that discarded line is not left behind.
Cycling to Sydney Olympic Park, we stopped by the mangroves at the south end of Meadowbank Bridge to check on the Magpie-lark (Peewee) Family. Mum was on the nest, but this time we got a better look at Baby:
Mum was feeding the chick, who was already showing signs of early plumage. Looks like a male (we assume the black face rule applies for the chicks as well):
Mum took off, and the chick clearly wanted more, calling while she was away. She was back soon enough.
It was a hot and sunny day, and it appeared that Mum used her tail as a parasol for the chick:
Dad was nearby all the time, and seemed more relaxed about me than two days ago:
At first we thought he was bringing nesting material until we realized that he had got some fishing line tangled around his right foot:
Update: we spotted this guy 3 weeks later with this line still around his foot. It looked like it was causing him some grief. Anglers: please do everything you can to ensure fishing line is not left behind.