20 comments on “The Quest for Nectar – The Plight of the Honeyeater

  1. Informative with beautiful pics and videos as always 😊 what a beautiful tree to have bloom year round outside your window to draw in such a bird show! You are blessed to be surrounded by such beauty!
    I hope you and your family are all well, God bless!

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    • Thanks Jen, yes the Bottlebrush is very old and large now and is a feature in our courtyard for both shade for us and nectar and a place to nest for the birds. We can watch them from our window at branch level each morning as they feed. They have gradually become use to us watching them feed and wash in the bird baths beneath the tree. Thanks for the blessing and we pray you and your family are well and are kept safe through this time. Richest blessings my friend, and joy the week 🙂

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  2. Hello Ash,

    It is a rather mild and sunny day here in Japan, with bright sunshine and some of local birds singing outside. It was perfect timing to catch up on your latest post, with much thought-provoking information as always (and many a reason for us to reflect on our own actions, and how they can and do affect everything around us). Learning a bit more about the Regent Honeyeater especially, was an eye-opening experience, as no honey-eaters reside here naturally.

    The way you ended this article, with a gentle reminder to trust for the right timing, resonated with me deeply. We hope you enjoy the rest of the day and evening. I just sent you a long email, and as always may you and Mrs H have a blessed week ahead! 🙂

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    • Thanks Takami, for your welcome comment. Yes, sadly conservation is not a high priority with our present government, despite being led by a Christian PM. The Zoo did plant tracking devices on some of the Regent Honeyeaters to track where they actually go to, and because these banded birds have not been trained in the wild they are habituating unusual places. I did receive your email and will reply tomorrow when I have more time, but will keep your requests active. Enjoy your lovely warm days, we are having the same today also, a very different Summer from last year, so much nicer. 🙂

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      • Thank you so much, for your detailed and informative reply! I am very glad you are having pleasant weather as well – a great blessing indeed 🙂

        As always please only write when/if you have the time. I didn’t mean to rush you. (Some of my emails have been getting lost in transit in recent days, so I just wanted to give a simple heads-up.) Wishing you a good evening!!

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  3. Hi Ashley, I enjoyed your photos of the honeyeaters. It is sad that the trees important to them are being destroyed, this kind of thing is happening all over the country. You may have heard during the week about the court case about logging down here in Tassie which was lost by the Bob Brown Foundation. So the endangered swift parrot probably doesn’t have a good chance of survival now, which also goes for the other endangered birds and animals down here since logging will just continue on now.

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    • Thanks Sue, yes it is a terrible travesty the way governments favour selfish corporations that have no regard for our fragile environment. I am amazed there are any trees left in Tassie with the number of trees being continuously felled for paper. Enjoy the weekend 🙂

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  4. Another wonderful post! So, hummingbirds are part of this same honeyeater family? I just read an article about them. One of many amazing details is that they have “a long, forked tongue….The tongue opens up when inserted into a flower and the nectar is pumped up the tongue via two grooves…up to 20 times per second.”
    Details like that and in your post really make me wonder, how can such a powerful, “consuming fire” create with such unbelievable perfected details? We’ll have eternity to worship and serve Him and find out the answers! Thank you brother for your ministry of stirring our hearts.

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    • Thanks Lisa Beth, for your encouraging words, and for investigating your amazing Hummingbirds which I would so love to see. Similar to our many species of Honeyeater you have many of the Hummingbirds, and they are of the smallest birds. Like yourself, I stand in awe and wonder at our Lord’s amazing creative ability and artistic design and colour. Enjoy your weekend dear sister 🙂

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  5. I see you have a deep consideration for religion, so I’m asking you this: why using a word as “devil” to name a species, a living creature like the “Mountain Devil flower” or the “Tasmanian devil”? Wouldn’t it be better -for instance- to use their native names?

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    • Thanks for your comment Nautilus, it is true I have a living faith in the Creator of the Universe, which has been a rich blessing to my life, as for religion it is empty and legalistic. The Mountain Devil is the common name of the flower which everyone here knows it as. You may have noticed in my writings that I seldom use Latin taxonomy for naming the birds and other species, as the whole intention of my blog and website, as with my book is to introduce ordinary people into delight of birding, and Australian birds. For this reason I use common names unless I am distinguishing sub species or races of a species. If you are referring to the names given by the original inhabitants of our land, yes that is a valid point as many of our place names and some bird and animal species are from the original native inhabitants.Recently, as our original inhabitants gain more recognition, as they should, we have seen name changes, for example Ayer’s Rock is now known as Uluru, as it was never his rock and it had been known for hundreds of years before, as was Kata Tjuta. Enjoy your weekend 🙂


  6. Interesting to read about your country having the best flower nectars and the birds that rely on them, they for sure know a good thing! So many fabulous captures, Ashley! I loved the videos too, especially the Rainbow Lorikeet. 🙂 I hope there is continued success with the re-entry of the Regent Honeyeater from the zoo’s breeding and release program. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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    • Thanks Donna, yes it has been the largest social conservation project in Australia’s history, as so many people give up their time to plant Ironbark trees in an effort to save this bird, but they fear it may be too late as it takes many years before these slow growing trees mature enough to flower. The other problem is that birds raised in captivity do not learn the calls of the wild bird, which is important learnt behaviour which means that when they are released they can not communicate or recognize the call of other birds of their species from previous releases or in the wild, thus affecting their capacity to breed in the wild. Have a wonderful weekend my friend 🙂

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