6:30am-Butcher Bird Songcycle – NT Sept’16

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6:30am…Pied Butcher Bird Songcycle – NT

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6:30am-Pied Butcher Bird Songcycle…5.8mins

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Pied Butcherbird – by Nick Athanas via www.antpitta.com

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We set up camp off the beaten track & by a lake … somewhere in Central Northern Territory.

Early one morning we were visited by this remarkable Pied Butcherbird. He (?) perched somewhere above us & began this repeating but everchanging songcycle. It went for over 30 minutes.

Pied Butcherbirds have a captivating song-cycle … far more striking than other butcherbirds.    However they don’t all sing the same song. The song-cycle of another Pied Butcherbird in Darwin can be found here for comparison.

I tried to photograph ‘my’ Pied Butcherbird …but it was just a featureless silouette on a high branch.

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 7am…Lakeside bird chorus etc – NT

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7am-lakeside bird chorus etc…7.3mins
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As the morning progresses … so does the bird chorus of both land & water birds.   Also … with increasing wind … you may also hear occasional branches squeaking & waves of rustling tree leaves.

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