I assume the cats and mongeese are not predating the rats enough? Need to bring in the snakes....I’m kiddingApplecider, I wish the cats were the enemy of the native birds... The reality is that the rats and the Avian Malaria are killing the native birds here! All the introduced species are resistant to the Malaria, so they act as a reservoirs (virus is there) and the mosquitoes (vectors) are transferring this to the native birds (and they have no resistance but some obviously are developing such a resistance, like the Amakihi)... Rats are climbing the trees and attack the nests... I haven't seen cats in the higher mountain forest where the native birds have their last sanctuary (mosquitoes are not present there... usually...) but the rats are there - in numbers!!! I attache a picture (unfortunately had to crop to extend that the nest is out of the frame - just to squeeze it in the Forum, and actually the rats are 3!) of rats standing right under a nest and they DID come from that nest (me, the fool, was expecting to capture a photo of birds there!)!!!
No, they go after easier pray - birds!I assume the cats and mongeese are not predating the rats enough? Need to bring in the snakes....I’m kidding
There is no doubt as to why this thread goes on, great images just keep on coming.
A pair of sparrowhawks are visiting my garden regularly, The male is very wary, the shot uploaded was taken through the kitchen window. The female came in and perched quite contentedly on the top of the bird feed bucket and allowed me time to go and fetch the camera, all this despite me wearing bright orange overalls and just a few feet away, extraordinary..