Tuesday, February 14, 2012

New Holland honeyeaters

Phillip Island again. The first six images were taken at Silverleaves on the weekend (again using bedroom and bathroom windows as a hide - they're really, really clean these days!!). The remainder also taken at Phillip Island in the last year.

I'm reasonably happy to have them around except that they are aggressive and I've seen them chase off the Eastern spinebills (which are a more handsome bird in my opinion!).

It is no surprise that the New Holland honeyeater got its european name as far back as 1790 when a large chunk of Australia was still called New Holland.

New Holland honeyeater (pollen all over its face)
Phylidonyris novaehollandiae

This little bird may have bitten off more than
it can chew! Phillip Island Eco-Resort

1 comment:

  1. Well, you're probably right, since you know your birds!
    But still, this little fellow is gorgeous!
    You caught me for a sec... with your dragonfly! LOL!
    Nice shots and humour!
    Cheers Pete!