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Pied butcherbird        Images © Mark A. Chappell

The Australian butcherbirds are large passerines with predatory habits -- they frequently take small vertebrates, including nestling songbirds.   Nevertheless, they are very popular among nature lovers for their confiding, friendly dispositions and beautiful songs.   These were in the campground at Twelve Mile Yards National Park in the Northern Territory, and in far-north Queensland.

  • Canon 40D or 7D2; 500 mm IS lens or 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X extender, fill-in flash (2009; 2015)
  • Nikon F3, 400 mm Nikon EDIF, Kodachrome 64, electronic flash (1999)