Bird Photo Challenge #1: New Holland Honeyeater

The New Holland Honeyeater  is an active fast flying bird that rarely sits still long enough to give you time to have a good look at it. So this was a great #1 bird photography challenge.

What does it look like?

New Holland Honeyeater Aloft

A startled New Holland honeyeater, camera shy, but caught on the fly!

It is an attractive and distinctive bird: black with white streaks and a patch of yellow on the wing and the tail, which as this photo shows is far more visible in flight than at rest. It has white facial markings: a small white ear patch and another at the base of the bill. The eye is also white. It is a small bird, about 16 to 19cm long and very, very fast.

Did you know?

The New Holland Honeyeater was one of the first bird species to be scientifically described in Australia which was then called New Holland, hence the name given to this endemic honeyeater.

How does it behave?

New Holland HoneyeaterIt normally can be found in the company of other New Holland Honeyeaters where they forage amongst the flowers, often giving the appearance that there are more birds in the bush than there really is due to their activity! It mostly eats the nectar of plants which it gets with its relatively long, curved beak. It darts from flower to flower in search of this energy rich food.  It can also feed on small insects caught on the fly.

Where is it found?

The New Holland Honeyeater lives in forest, heath and woodland in Southern Australia, particularly where grevillea and banksias are plentiful.

The photos were taken at Jan Juc, Victoria, along the coastal track, using the Canon EF100-400 on full zoom, hand held.  After a few attempts at capturing these fleeting critters, I found this little fellow.  He was far too busy preening himself to worry about me.  The new lens is a hit!  Click on any of the photos to display in full screen.



8 thoughts on “Bird Photo Challenge #1: New Holland Honeyeater

    • Hi Lisa, yes, I used the new beast. Amazing difference when you use a great lens! Still have to crop a lot, but most of the images taken over the weekend were keepers! 🙂

  1. Great photo Chris. The other day we had a goshawk sitting on the targa bar of Outback Dreamer. I was so surprised to see it there. Great to see it up close.

    • Thanks Chris – a goshawk would be a great subject for a post…. not as skittish as tiny little birds! And one on your targa bar, that’s pretty special!

  2. Some lovely shots Chris& Wade……..You sure do keep busy…Frank

    Sent from my iPad


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