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New Holland Honeyeater

New Holland Honeyeater
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Copyright: Lindsay Cooke (cookie10) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 44] (492)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark 111, Canon EF 500 f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-01 4:14
Viewed: 4273
Points: 6
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Scientific name: Phylidonyris novaehollandiae
Family: Meliphagidae
Order: Passeriformes

The New Holland Honeyeater is mostly black and white, with a large yellow wing patch and yellow sides on the tail. It has a small white ear patch, a thin white whisker at the base of the bill and a white eye. This honeyeater is an active bird, and rarely sits still long enough to give an extended view. Sexes are similar in looks, but females are slightly smaller in size. Young birds are browner and have a grey eye.
Similar species

The New Holland Honeyeater's range extends throughout southern Australia, from about Brisbane, Queensland, to just north of Perth, Western Australia.

The New Holland Honeyeater is common in heath, forests, woodland and gardens, mainly where grevilleas and banksias are found. It is inquisitive and approaches humans. It also mixes with other types of honeyeaters.

New Holland Honeyeaters are active feeders. They mostly eat the nectar of flowers, and busily dart from flower to flower in search of this high-energy food. Other food items include fruit, insects and spiders. Birds may feed alone, but normally gather in quite large groups. Most feeding takes place in lower areas of bushes and thickets.

The New Holland Honeyeater's cup-shaped nest is made of bark and grasses, bound together with spider web. It is lined with soft material and is placed in a bush or tree, anywhere from ground level up to 6 m. Both sexes feed the chicks. A pair of adults may raise two or three broods in a year.

Pizzey, G. and Knight, F. 1997. Field Guide to the Birds of Australia. Angus and Robertson, Sydney.

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Hi Lindsay,
very lovely picture. You are playing very well with the depth of field and the composition of your subject. Like it very much...

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-12-01 4:30]

Hi Lidsay,what a nice composition and excellent quality,it seem to discover a secret in the forest,hidden among the trees,impressive focus and beautiful sharpness and colors,i like a lot this different work,very well done!Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Hi Lindsay

An unusual presentation, particularly in the thumbnail.

Very artistic and a pleasure to view. However - seeing it in TrekNature - I personally would prefer to see a bit more of the bird (chacun a son gout :-))

No doubt a ''brave'' contribution, bravo.



  • mwmod99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 655 N: 3361] (14196)
  • [2010-12-01 9:16]
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This New Holland Honey eater surely has the most strange name in the all bird kingdom friend Lindsay ! Bravo,interesting frame.
George Veltchev

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