Bird of the Week Challenge: 7th April - those hasty honeyeaters

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Bird of the Week Challenge: 7th April - those hasty honeyeaters

Hi all, happy Tuesday! Sorry for the delay over the Easter break in getting this next challenge up and running.

In the vein of the great parrot photos, I thought this week we would look at those fiesty guys, the members of the honeyeater family. Doesnt matter what the size, they are always busy, and always a little bit cranky (some more than others!).


 

 

robwill
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I'll get the ball rolling with this Red Wattlebird enjoying the bottlebrush nectar in my backyard last year. 

Red faced Honeyeater. by robwill4, on Flickr

Rob. 

Reflex
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Mangrove Honeyeater.

Samford Valley Qld.

Malurus

Lovely birds that make a lovely racket.

rawshorty
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Shorty......Canon gear

Canberra

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A few days ago, I heard a good old racket at the front of the block and discovered a small cloud of New Holland honeyeaters that were whizzing up and down through some banksia sessilis bushes. They kept moving and vanishing behind leaves, and I was having trouble getting focused on any. But then I got lucky! A small group landed on the exposed branches of a dead bush. And sat there long enough for me to get some quick shots. 

Reflex
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Brown Honeyeater.

Samford Valley Qld.

robwill
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How close were you for that shot Reflex ? Very nice.

Rob. 

Reflex
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robwill wrote:

How close were you for that shot Reflex ? Very nice.

Can't remember to be honest, they are very common around home. I don't particularly look out for them now but having said that if one presents itself and I have a camera in my hands, I can't help myself.

Samford Valley Qld.

Chris 333
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Beautiful portrait Reflex.

Some lovely shots have been posted already.  The level of detail that some of you achieve is just amazing.

Devster
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pacman
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Eastern Spinebill

Peter

Amson
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Juvenile ?? Honeyeater in our yard this morning. I have photos of this bub with the Mum but couldn't get both in focus at F9 ISO1000. Shutter speed low enough already. These tiny birds were hiding in deep shade and are a little smaller than the dusky honeyeater. Photos taken in Eumundi, Queensland. I've also seen brown honeyeaters here but they seem to be browner. Would love your help.

rawshorty
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Shorty......Canon gear

Canberra

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Reflex
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I haven't seen a Red-Headed Honeyeater yet but at this stage in my opinion this is the Julia Roberts / Sandra Bullock of the honeyeaters.smiley 

Samford Valley Qld.

rawshorty
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Shorty......Canon gear

Canberra

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Crescent Honeyeater

rawshorty
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Shorty......Canon gear

Canberra

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Reflex
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Striped Honeyeater.

Samford Valley Qld.

Owl of Kedumba
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Do you mean Red Wattlebird Rob?

New Holland Honeyeater

Owl of Kedumba
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Amson yours are Brown Honeyeater's (yellow behind eye, yellowish wing patches etc).

Devster
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I thought I would add this B&W photo I did of this Yellow Honeyeater, just for something different.

rawshorty
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Shorty......Canon gear

Canberra

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Amson
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Thanks so much for the ID help smiley

Here is a Dusky Honeyeater taken in the rain a few days ago.

Reflex
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Little Wattlebird.

Samford Valley Qld.

robwill
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Owl of Kedumba wrote:

Do you mean Red Wattlebird Rob?

New Holland Honeyeater

Correction done. Thanks Owl. I thought that didn't sound right..

Rob. 

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Reflex wrote:

I haven't seen a Red-Headed Honeyeater yet but at this stage in my opinion this is the Julia Roberts / Sandra Bullock of the honeyeaters.smiley

Red-headed Myzomela

Peter

rawshorty
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Shorty......Canon gear

Canberra

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pacman
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Bar-breasted HE

Peter

Reflex
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Little Friarbird.

Samford Valley Qld.

pacman
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Rufous-throated HE

Peter

pacman
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Tawny-crowned HE

Peter

robwill
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smiley

Nice shot Reflex. Not quiet as ugly as his uncle noisy friar bird. 

Rob. 

Annie W
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Crescent Honeyeater (male)

NW Tasmania

Owl of Kedumba
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White-cheeked Honeyeater

robwill
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Great shot Annie. You have a good eye. 

Rob. 

Wollemi
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Wow, so many amazing photos! I feel hesitant to post mine.

Owl of Kedumba
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Not a great shot I got recently of these migrating White-naped Honeyeater's. Be interesting to see how big the migration will be this year.

Amson
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I thought that the above were white throated honeyeaters. How do these differ?  Here is a photo I took a week ago. A small group were playing by the dam. Are these the same. We are in SE QLD.

Owl of Kedumba
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Obviously their ranges are different (White-throated only reach to about Macleay River, NSW). White-naped differ in that their white nape doesn't extend to the eye and have a red wattle above the eye. They're also duller and if you look carefullly they have small amount of black below the bill.

Amson
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Thanks for your help.

pacman
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Yellow-throated Miner

Peter

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