|Diamond Firetail Stagonopleura guttata in bright adult breeding plumage|
Over the past weekend I was part of a team mist-netting birds at The Charcoal Tank Nature Reserve in south-western New South Wales, as part of a long-term study of birds in the area, organised by Mark Clayton. And it was clear by the condition of the birds' plumages that they were fit, healthy and ready to breed.
|White-plumed Honeyeater Lichenostomus penicillatus|
|Chestnut-rumped Thornbill Acanthiza uropygialis|
|Chestnut-rumped Thornbill - face|
|Golden Whistler Pachycephala pectoralis - male|
Even in her grey plumage, the female can be seen to be healthy and fit to breed as her feathers are clean and fresh. She too is fit to breed.
|Golden Whistler - female|