new-holland honeyeaters

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.