Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunbird feeds into scheme of things

Few Olive-backed Sunbirds (Nectarinia jugularis) seen about the wetlands lately so lucky getting close to this female today.

But, then, her mind was more on pollen and nectar than nosy photographers.    

So, too, this young Dusky Honeyeater (Myzomela obscura), looking at first impression rather like a Scarlet or Red-headed Honeyeater juvenile.

And this Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) also didn't mind me getting close, very close, knowing I'd no designs on a dragonfly dinner. 
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mick said...

That second photo with the beak right inside the flower is fantastic. All beautiful of course!

Tyto Tony said...

Thanks Mick. Interestingly, much of recent feeding has been on weedy shrubs and vines that have bloomed in the weeks with little mowing, spraying and slashing since Yasi.

Anonymous said...

Lovely capture of the Sunbird feeding and the WW with dragonfly is a beauty... though I can't figure out what species of dragonfly it is.

Tyto Tony said...

Nor me. No good at IDing upsidedown dflies: ??percher

Anonymous said...

Well our guess was a Common Glider (Tramea loewii) based on the dark hindwing patch, but the abdomen colour doesn't match our references ... hope WW enjoyed it!

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