Sunday, February 19, 2012

NHH v Eastern Spinebills

With names that are reminiscent of sporting franchises the battle for garden supremacy between these two remained intense at Phillip Island this weekend:




From my corporate box viewing facilities (yes, bedroom & bathroom windows) I must report that on today's performance the New Holland honeyeaters are currently on top. They were hard at the ball, flew in twos and threes supporting each other and marked their opponents tightly. The Spinebills only had a few moments of strong possession but seemed to lack confidence and were too readily pushed off the ball for my liking.

The results:

NHH 1 - 0 ES
New Holland honyeater
Phylidonyris novaehollandiae

NHH 2 - 0 ES

NHH 3 - 0 ES

NHH 3 - 1 ES
A comeback perhaps?
.... but that amazing red eye looks nervous
Eastern Spinebill, Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris

NHH 5 - 1 ES
A final showing in the late arvo
clinches the game
A cropped close-up
Much more stunning than camera flash "red eye"!

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