A new bird

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soakes
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A new bird

This is the first time I have seen this bird. It was enjoying our grevillea and spent a lot of time in and around it. At first I thought it was an Eastern spinebill, as there has been one in that bush a few times... but then I noticed that although the shape and lines were right, the colour was not.

I believe this is a Crescent Honeyeater. It had a loud, almost harsh, "chEWi" call... was quite loud and busy.

- soakes

Birdgirl2009
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It looks like the picture of a crescent honeyeater in my field guide and the distribution includes Melbourne. Lovely looking bird - lucky you!

DenisWilson
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Excellent capture, Soakes.
Definitely a Crescent HE.
Probably returning to the Dandenongs (or similar area) to breed. They are a bird of wet gullies, but stray into suburbia out of breeding season.
Cheers
Denis

Tassie

Good onya Soakes and thanks mate I have never seen one.

soakes
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It is always good to spot a new bird, especially one as pretty as this. Not quite as pretty as an Eastern spinebill, but not bad - and full of character too.

- soakes

soakes
Olinda, Victoria, Australia

tarkineus
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Nicely captured soakes, feather markings are not unlike the New Holland Honeyeater.

Regards, "Tark" - Olympus 4/3rds colour

stevehapp
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great shots soakes..
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like tark, i thought the wing marking were like the New HOlland/White-cheeked HE..
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cheers,
steve

soakes
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Yes, you're right the wing markings are similar. It is the head and chest markings that distinguish it as a crescent honeyeater.

Actually, I don't think these photos do it justice.

- soakes

soakes
Olinda, Victoria, Australia

GeorgeP
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What a gorgeous visitor and very nice shots, too. It must have been a thrill to see this species in your garden. Were they taken here in Melbourne or your Gippsland property ?

Cheers,

George
Melbourne, VIC

smeedingo2
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HI Soakes
Never seen one before nice bird thanks for showing.

soakes
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Hi George,
this was at Gippsland. The best I can do in Melbourne is a few blackbirds, pigeons and the occasional wattlebird or butcherbird... although I did once see a kingfisher!

- soakes

soakes
Olinda, Victoria, Australia

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