10 comments on “With the Season Come the Birds – The Scarlet Honeyeater

  1. Hello Ash,
    The Scarlet Honeyeater captures are wonderful and it surely must have been a double blessing to share the moment together with your wife. I am so glad that the young couple could rely on your experience and wisdom to not “panic” at the sight of the Red-bellied Black Snake, and I am happy you provided more insight into them! We humans seem to have inherited a sense of fear especially of “darker” places, but as you say, perceived fear is what often causes the most danger. Thanks for the reminder to have matches and flashlights on hand when hiking through the darker areas! My husband was an avid hiker/mountain climber years ago, and like you, it’s second nature for him to always carry a match or two, and be aware of the surrounding environment.

    I’m very happy to now be up-to-date on your wonderful articles 🙂

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    • Thanks Takami, It is good that you have been able to catch up with my bog posts, I have been concerned for your health as we pray daily for you both. It is a great asset to have an experienced hiker like your hubby. Knowledge and experience together give much peace and calmness of mind when walking in the bush.

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    • Thanks Deborah, yes the reds are so stunning in the sunlight, in fact the red on the male bird is usually the only way to actually spot them high in the trees as they are so tiny and their call usually in several trees as they move rapidly around inside the canopy.

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  2. Hello Ashley,
    Oh what a great find. Not a bird that is a regular in my area.
    We occasionally get a visit by them, but the conditions have to be exceptional.
    Wonderful shots of them in flight.
    Their distinctive call is a great way to find them as inspite of the rich colours they always seem to be able to disappear among the foliage.

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    • Thanks David, we have been truly blessed by a longer than usual presence of this bird from summer to winter. We use to only see them in winter but they stayed last season also as did the Rufous fantail who have now gone. Since the fires, floods and drought many birds have changed their travel plans similar to us in the Covid. Everything is being turned upside-down, shaken and stirred making us all realise that we can not rely on tomorrow being similar to today and plan too far ahead anymore. The Yellow-faced Honeyeaters at least are following their usual plan and have arrived in great numbers. I was truly blessed to see scarlet checking out this low hanging vine, and thankfully I was prepared for him, though I had trouble focusing with my eyes, and did get some noise from the reduced light, We use to think we were hearing Grey Fantails before we discovered the call of the Scarlets as they were always present along the tracks but on one occasion when no Fantails could be found we frustratedly searched to reveal we were hearing Scarlets all along, and learned to decipher the nuances of their call and get a little excited when we hear them, but always come away with a crook neck 🙂 Hope you get some relief soon for the lock-down and get out into the sunlight and get some vitamin D, especially for your wife. Glad she is doing well and on the mend, keeping her in our prayers. Say safe and warm.

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  3. Your Scarlet Honeyeater captures are stunning, Ashley! I enjoyed them very much!! Great eye with the snake, I’m always trying to ensure I pay attention to everything around me, including the ground. It is common to find rattle snakes at our present location, so we’re both keeping our eyes to the ground for them. 🧐

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    • Thanks Donna, wow having to deal with a Rattler would be more of a problem than dealing with a Red-belly, but I guess we live in a country full of dangerous and deadly creatures yet few die as a result, so somehow we all seem to get along together as long as we don’t threaten the other, but yeah you have to keep your eyes open and mind alert to the danger in places where they habitate.

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