I was lucky enough to witness the White-Plumed Honeyeater,
Lichenostomus penicillatus, arriving for the summer season.
I heard an inordinate ruckus outside, reached for my camera
and was greeted by a whirring of wings and shouting of insults
as a few very early summer bird arrivals (it is still winter by
the calendar) were homing in to the main food source at this
time of year, a bush of red flowering Grevillea.
New Holland Honeyeater.
onlookers, a whole flock of noisy common House Sparrows
jockeying for best vantage points on the wing to watch the goings
on. The whole thing was reminiscent of a Harry Potter Quidditch
match. For once, the birds were completely oblivious of me as
they fought and I could get close enough to get some clear shots.
Occasionally five or six House Sparrows would subliminally
sit in the cherry tree before the next engagement.
feathers flew and a couple of these tiny Yellow-Rumped
Thornbills blithely went about their business of feeding on
tiny insects while the drama roared around them.
After a while, honour was satisfied and everyone went for
a drink (of nectar) in the bushes.
I am glad the Prof planted the natives below my rose bed,
they provide nectar for the birds when not much else is
flowering and now that they have reached a decent height,
are a good wind-break besides.
Hope all has been Quiet on the Western Front where you are.
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