New Holland Honeyeater

New Holland Honeyeater

New Holland Honeyeater

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Every now and then a bird poses just right for a photograph. Every now and then everything goes just right with the camera, and everything is in focus that should be. And to top it all off, the composition seems to be just right.

It happened to me a few days ago when I took this shot of one of the New Holland Honeyeaters in our garden. It was one of those occasions when I say to myself, ‘That’s good.’

I think I’ll print out a copy and mount it in a picture frame.


7 Responses to “New Holland Honeyeater”

  1. Dot Crane says:

    New Holland Honeyeaters. Currimundi Environmental Park N/S axis path -quite a few bathing in a puddle from recent rain. I spent some time watching them. Photo not good! Sorry.
    Flowers are many in this spot on the Sunshine Coast just north of Lake Currimundi.

  2. Trevor says:

    Hi there Dot,

    Welcome to my blog about Australian birds, and for leaving a comment. New Holland Honeyeaters in our garden – especially those that visit our bird baths – are a constant source of entertainment and enjoyment for us. They are delightful birds but can be a little bossy towards other species at times.

    Sorry that you do not like my photo. That’s fine – I happen to like it so that’s fine too. We all have different tastes, likes and dislikes. It would be boring if we were all alike.

    Visit again soon.

  3. Dot Crane says:

    Sorry Trevor MY photo was the one that want good! This morning found nesting Rainbow Beeeaters at the sand ‘bar’ where Caloundra Cruises tied up at Pelican waters jetty. They are very active there ok? hoto wont be close enough.

    Also new bird at Lake Currimundi about 30cm very early am upcurved beak Do you know it? thanks dot

  4. Trevor says:

    From your brief description Dot it sounds like it could be a Red-necked Avocet. Did it have a reddish-brown head? Perhaps you need to get a good field guide to our lovely birds; it will help you to identify them.

  5. Dot Crane says:

    Please remove New Holland Honeyeater at Currimundi if you can BUT we have 100’s white-cheeked honeyeaters and blue-faced and also browns….regards dot Crane

  6. Andrew Y says:

    We’re 3/4 way through April & the New Holland Honeyeaters haven’t stopped their chirping. Can you please advise why it is so constant? Is it our close proximity (3 meters), winter breeding time or what?

    • Trevor says:

      Hi Andrew,
      The New Hollands in my garden are doing the same. Sometimes their chirping drowns out all other bird calls. I find that it is a regular – almost daily – thing all year. They are especially noisy during the times that they are having a communal bathing session in my bird baths. Sometimes a dozen or more are present and they create quite a racket. If you are quite close, they could be feeling threatened by your proximity and they are warning each other. This is especially so if they have a nest nearby, or they have recently fledged young in nearby bushes. Here in SA, we have had a late burst of summer recently and this has probably caused some confusion in the birds and some very late breeding. Normally they breed July – January.

      Another suggestion: Try to remember the call in this situation and compare it with the much higher pitched warning call when an eagle or hawk is overhead. I am assuming that you occasionally have birds of prey overhead. I have also heard them make this higher pitched alarm call when “Russell” is out in the open. “Russell” is my resident brown snake.

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