This Eastern Spinebill looks very young and, like the other one, was wary but not startled by my lurking nearby with the Nikon D3000, earlier today.


This honeyeater will feed from fuchsias, too. I keep getting cuttings and popping in water – but I forget them and they die from neglect. I love fuchsias, and if it will keep these cuties about longer, I’m all for trying again. I’m too stingy to buy a plant.


Thanks for looking.



Eastern Spinebill


To give my blog some structure in 2018, I’m jumping back into photo challenges. It’s always a great reason to pull stuff from the archives or boost creativity. And Cee’s photo challenges are, naturally, my first port of call. And what better place to begin than her Fun Foto Challenge.

So, I popped along to Cee’s, and discover I’ve been missing out on a wonderful twisty alphabet challenge – for it’s now up to T. The challenge, this week, have 2 Ts anywhere in the subject of the photo. Of course, butterfly jumped straight into my mind.


The Small White Butterfly  (Nikon D3000)

I took some wonderful, unexpected photos of an Eastern Spinebill this morning – but its name has only one T.  Hmmm, what of its scientific name, I thought, bound to be a T or three in it. Somehow, it feels like cheating, but hey, just once will be okay.


Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris: Eastern Spinebill (Nikon D3000)

So I trawl back through the photos I’ve taken recently, through oodles of blue-banded bees, white butterflies, the odd dried out landscape dotted with kangaroos, cockatoos, flowers, honey bees … there must be something with 2 Ts! Ahh, wire netting


wire netting (Nikon D3000)

Fence posts, snails, magnolia, roses, honey bees, spider webs, tree trunk … like with the netting, I was playing with textures.


tree trunk with ivy (Nikon D3000)

Is it not just begging to have some profound words plastered over it! Feel free.

I’ll finish with one last butterfly. I think it’s a rather ragged Correa Brown.


Ragged Butterfly (Nikon D3000)

Thanks for looking.


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: 2Ts


Eastern Spinebill

I’ve seen Eastern Spinebills in my garden before but never managed a proper photo. These aren’t the greatest, either. The UV filter on my new Nikon D3000 lens is a little cloudy. This tree is in my neighbour’s yard. When I first spotted the bird’s rufous chest, I hardly dared hope it was a spinebill.




It will sometimes hover like a hummingbird while it extracts nectar. Apparently this is rare behaviour for our honeyeaters. They usually perch. The spinebill prefers heath, forest, and woodland. They will sometimes visit urban gardens and seem fond of fuchsias. Their bill suits tubular flowers.  This bird is a male as the crown extends into the black lines on the breast. A female as less distinct markings.



Thanks for looking. A white-plumed honeyeater had a good look at me while I was taking the above photos.


I think the camera may have been beeping (I’m deaf and cannot usually tell.) The honeyeater flew right at me, circled above my head, and returned to the tree – leaving behind not one bit of photographic evidence of its passing. Yesterday, a pretty flycatcher did exactly the same. I must improve my reflexes!

Do have a lovely weekend!