17 comments on “Summer Blossom – Honeyeaters Braving the Heat

  1. Beautiful post, Ashley! Loved the video of the Wood Duck family with 8 ducklings. And many of the honey eaters are beautifully colored, and so of course is the Rainbow Lorikeet – just lovely. I am happy to hear that the very hot summer is about to turn to autumn now. It is much more pleasant to walk and you will see more birds around. We have had wonderful temperatures at around 20 C for some time now, today a bit warmer at 26C….spring on its way.

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    • Thanks Tiny, it has been such treat to walk in my favorite reserve this week and enjoy the cooler air, not coming back home all sweaty. The change of seasons brings change of birds, and soon I will be fare-welling our migrant birds and my dear Bar-tailed Godwits with them till next spring. It is raining finally this week and temperature is quite pleasant. Yes, the changing seasons I think is one of the best times of year for us all. Enjoy your week Tiny!

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  2. Another post full of wonderful photos Ashley. That scarlet honeyeater is a real beauty, I’ve never seen them before. We have lots of eucalypt in flower at the moment too. It’s been great for the lorikeets as we hardly need to put out any supplemental feed for them. We’ve also had some fruit bats who have stopped by for a feed on the blossoms as well. And the possums have been in them too. Seems like everyone’s happy!

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    • Thanks Sue, Yes it is a good time to see honeyeaters feeding, but they may prefer being away from humans, as the Noisy Miner is the only honeyeater we get at home. We have to go out to the local National Parks and Reserves to see them. Yes, the possums enjoy blossom, we use to have one visit our Bottlebrush each evening, but have not heard it scampering on the roof of late. The Loris have been busy but the return of the hot weather has made our Bottlebrush silent again today. Have a great week Sue.

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  3. As always you raise the bar Ashley. Fantastic gallery of birds! I’ve heard of incredible hot weather temperatures in Australia. Take care my friend! 🙂

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    • Thanks HJ, Yes it has been very hot here, the hottest on record, but starting to cool a little as autumn approaches. The biggest problem is it dries out the bushland and makes bushfires more likely, especially with lightening strikes during thuinderstorms. Thanks again for your comment and kind regards.

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    • Thanks BJ, I think we probably have the one of the most if not the most (over 70 varieties) of honeyeater in the world. They have a special brush tipped tongue enabling them to draw nectar from inside the flowers. They make our birding so much more exciting as each species are only found in different parts of the country, some having 6 or more races, which makes it even more interesting.

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  4. Gorgeous pics. The tip on the blossoms is good. I always noticed that with our warblers. Love your video. The wood ducks really look different than ours. I think for once our bird is prettier. LOL.

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    • Thanks Donna, Yes I have seen your Wood Ducks they quite a beautiful piece of artwork by the Master Designer compared with ours, yours almost look too amazing to be real. The greatest compliment I give to our Wood Ducks is the incredible devotion of both parents in caring for the brood, I don’t see that much with other birds, usually only one parent cares later on, but both care throughout fledging.

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      • Interesting to know. Your Wood Ducks are pretty, I just was joking. You have much more colorful birds than we do here, so having a wood duck with color is nice to see with all our less colorful ducks.

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      • Your Cardinals, Bluebirds, wood peckers. waxwings and Blue Jays are all beautiful to me, among others it is good that we can share our birds with each other Donna. I do enjoy your skillful photography of your birds, which makes the viewing all the more enjoyable.

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  5. Thanks 1nm, yes the Bassian was a great surprise, it is always difficult to get a good clear shot on the dark rainforest floor. That photo of the Regent was taken at our Sydney Taronga Park zoo, as they have a breeding program and release them into the wild every couple of years to try and save the species from extinction. Yes the Lord is so good to us, he loves to surprise his children with special unexpected gifts, we both share that delight in our Lord. Sometimes it is only when we press through what appears otherwise unpleasant and difficult that we receive the unexpected reward, this is so much a life principle for our personal growth and encouragement.

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  6. So many beautiful birds that you sighted on such a hot day, you obviously have a lot of patience and a great eye for movement. 🙂 Love the rainbow lorikeet in flight shot, and who cannot fall in love with the wood duck babies, so cute! Great post, Ashley! 🙂

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    • Thanks Donna, Yes they were very quiet in the heat of the day, so it had to be sight, especially for the Scarlet Honeyeaters, they were quite high in the eucalypts and not close at all, they were a challenge to photograph clearly with tree canopy making them shaded.

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  7. I’m so glad you got to see the Bassian Thrush in such an open environment. It’s always a real blessing when the elusive is seen so clearly. I especially love the Regent Honeyeater. What gorgeous coloring. You definitely reaped your rewards for braving the heat. Whenever I have a wonderful experience birding or seeing other wildlife, I always thank the Lord for giving me such wonders to behold. He is truly amazing in his gifts.

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