the nest bombers

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From their perch at the top of this palm tree these Blue-faced Honeyeaters are checking out a tree in in my garden where Wattlebirds were building a nest. I’m not sure what they were after because Blue-faced Honeyeater’s eat insects, spiders and nectar not bird eggs or chicks, and to my knowledge they don’t commandeer the nests of other birds for themselves. They were however very aggressive and persistently ferocious towards the Wattlebirds, dive bombing the tree and getting right in amoung the branches around the nest that the Wattlebirds were trying to protect. Even after I intervened and shooed the half dozen blue-faces off with much yelling and shaking of branches, they returned soon after for a repeat performance. While a Wattlebird disappeared into the tree with twigs in its mouth after the first attack, after the second they seem to have abandoned it and are now hopefully at work again in a safer location.


3 thoughts on “the nest bombers

    quietsolopursuits said:
    March 23, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    It could be that they are extremely territorial, and dislike any other species of bird nesting close to them.

      margosnotebook responded:
      March 25, 2013 at 8:47 am

      thats a good point, they do like to nest in palms and though the palm tree they were in doesn’t look suitable (very tall, not much foliage) they might consider it still ‘theirs’ m.

    Patricia said:
    March 23, 2013 at 11:25 am

    They do look intense.

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