Monday, March 7, 2011

My favourite bird on my favourite flower - how good is that!

This weekend was a very busy one, and as I hurried past the lipstick plant  I could feel something watching me.  The little yellow honeyeater was busy sucking nectar and clearly did not want to be disturbed.  He was not moving though, and I hurried to get the camera, to find him still there - hopping from branch to branch sucking up what must have been delicious nectar.  Here is his head right inside the flower

Looking around to see if I am still there,

Are you still there? he seems to say, and assessing the situation, decides I am not a threat.

 Lovely yellow tummy and bright blue on the throat.
 Just need to get some more of this....
 then he posed quietly - thinking he would be invisible......
 The iridescent blue needs a flash of sunlight to show its true beauty.
what a lovely find - and thank you dear little bird for posing for the camera :)
I think this is the olive backed honeyeater - the male has the iridescent front bib, whereas the female is plain yellow.   They are quite common in my garden and we enjoy seeing them have a bath in the birdbath every evening.   They make a  sweet little chattering noise.  We have even had a couple of nests outside the windows.   The dusky honeyeater is more common, and less shy- they don't have the brilliant front section.

11 comments:

  1. How fortunate of you! I feel so happy you managed to get many good shots. Yesterday, a yellow and black bird came by. Before I could run in to get my camera out, it flew off. Another time.

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  2. What lovely photos! It's great to see birds we don't have in my area. Your honey eater is quite handsome, and he really cooperated for you!

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  3. Yes thanks to this dear bird ;-) I hope it has found some food from the flower.

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  4. What a beautiful little bird and how lucky you were able to get such an amazingly clear set of close-ups! Quite obviously he felt completely safe in your presence :)

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  5. It was such a delight to see your pictures! You must have been very quiet to get so many lovely poses.

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  6. Lovely shots. I saw my first live honeyeaters last month in a butterfly habitat in Chicago. Very cute little birds. How nice to have them in a garden!

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  7. AA: Great shots! That little bird was really making the perfect poses for you! Yes, a lovely bird on a beloved plant is such a beautiful thing, and it must have enlighted your day!

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  8. Wow! Your honeyeater is beautiful and what great shots you captured! You guys have the most awesome birds Down Under.

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  9. Very cute, and he posed so nicely! :)

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  10. thanks for all the comments! I think the only reason he stayed for so long was that he must have been enjoying his feed immensely.

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  11. Wow! I wish I could grow that plant... in the UK it is a little too cold, and your honey eater is such a beautiful bird.

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