Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Now you see me, now you don't.

One of the most striking birds that visit our garden is the Scarlet Honeyeater, Myzomela sanguinolenta, or I should  say the male bird, as the female is a olive brown with just a touch of pink under the chin. Although they are birds that generally spend their time in the tree tops feeding on the blossoms of the Eucalyptus trees, they are attracted into the garden when our bottlebrush  shrubs, Callistemons are in flower, particularly during the spring when the flowering is most prolific. However at present we are having our Autumn flowering and we were pleased to have a visit from a few today. They flit quickly through the foliage so I was fortunate to get this shot of one whilst it took a break in a Banksia tree, where it had sampled the nectar from its flowers. When they are in the Callistemons  they blend in very well with the flowers, as you can see in the second photo. They range is down the east coast of Australia as they follow the flowering of the Eucalyptus trees from far north Queensland to south east Victoria.

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