Just how many honeyeaters can one yard have!
This morning, while I was enticing the fairy-wrens to come closer, this White-naped Honeyeater landed in the lilac to investigate my whistling.
Honestly, I don’t know if I’ve seen one before. The other recent birds shown here – the Yellow-faced Honeyeater and the Singing Honeyeater – have similar colouring. From a distance, I might think this a plump White-plumed Honeyeater!
Reading up, I find it is endemic to the eastern and south-eastern parts of mainland Australian – from near the top of Queensland down to Victoria and around into South Australia, and is partially migratory within its range. Another race lives in south-west Australia.
Mid-shoot, the sun popped out from behind a cloud.
Spring is in full swing. The fruit tree blossoms are nearly spent. The bees are back. The elm canopies are greening. My two lilacs are budding, and I’m looking forward to their gorgeous fragrant flowers. My magnolia has survived many a frost, so I guess I should plant it. Poor thing is still in its little pot.
Thanks for reading and/or looking.
2 thoughts on “Melithreptus lunatus: White-naped Honeyeater”
Upsize the pot instead of putting it in the ground. Lovely the birds were not camera shy. Do you get any robin red breasts? We used to get them in Reservoir but since coming to S.A. haven’t seen a one.
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There was a young flame robin about last year, and a robin red breast a few years before that. When I lived over in the west of Victoria, I would see them all the time. And I think your’re right about just repotting the magnolia. Thanks Sue.
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