Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Honeyeater rifles cheesewood seed

Cooler months see Macleay's Honeyeater (Xanthotis macleayanus) return to Tyto. Riflebird-like in much of its foraging, species is said to be sedentary, but appears not to like summers in hot, dry woodlands.

Caught this bird today with red seed from cheesewood (because fruit resembles segmented round cheeses) tree. New Speedlite 580 to thank for both pictures.

Also for rather soft image of Rufous Fantail (Rhipidura rufifrons), another species dropping in as temperatures 'plummet'.

And to close, very soft image of green ant crawling down head of Amethystine Python. Snake didn't move as I almost walked over it in a grove, so no surprise when it ignored the (tres)passing ant.
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