new holland honeyeater 1

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This is a New Holland Honeyeater photographed at North Curl Curl on Sydney’s northern beaches. They grow to about 16-19cm and can be distinguished from the similar White-cheeked Honeyeater by the white circle around their dark eye and the wispy black beard. They nest in untidy cups of grass and twigs in the forks of low bushes, usually prickly to deter predators interested in their eggs or young. In fact, this one was sitting above some dense prickly native plants growing around the extreme edge of a high coastal cliff, mostly banksia and grevillas that I was pushing my way through to reach a better vantage point to better see a sweep of Sydney’s beautiful coast with its towering cliffs and white beaches.

3 thoughts on “new holland honeyeater 1

    cindy knoke said:
    January 8, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Gorgeous!

      margosnotebook responded:
      January 11, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      LOL want to hear some thing funny that I am going to hold you SOLELY responsible for with your ‘big lizard’ retort ‘D .. being my usual slack self i left the uni essay due today till last night and cranked the all nighter, at 6am when the birds were getting positively loud i went to sleep for a bit and woke up at 8.oo when a giant kokomodo dragon had leapt up into the air to ‘eat’ the large monitor that had just leapt up and wrapped itself around my right arm split seconds after i had jumped onto the table to get away from them all! the jaws snapped shut the same instant i woke up! you owe me a wine 😛

      margosnotebook responded:
      January 11, 2013 at 7:54 pm

      love the honey eaters

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