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Old Nov 11, 2011, 9:49 AM   #1
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Here are some photos of birds from my back yard, in Adelaide, South Australia. Taken over the last few days / week or few (it's spring here).

The most common bird in my back garden is the New Holland Honeyeater. Here is one on my fence.
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New Holland honeyeaters are amazing at catching insects mid-air. (At this stage I don't have a photo of one doing that).

Here is one eating some nectar from the callistemon ('bottle brush') tree in my back garden.
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They also like to sit (and feed) on other native nectar-bearing plants, like this grevillea bush.
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The next most common bird in my back garden is the sparrow. They have different habits to New Holland honeyeaters (eg they will spend more time on the ground, and prefer dust baths).

Here is one on the roof of my shed. Sparrows seem to co-exist with New Holland honeyeaters ok (they are 'friends')
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This is a photo of a rather unusual situation - a rainbow lorikeet perched on another tree in my back yard.

Usually they are in my front garden, and congregate in a large gum (eucalyptus) tree - feeding on that tree's flowers and then nuts from spring to autumn.

I have indications that the New Holland honeyeaters also will attempt to encourage birds of the parrot family to fly away (I've seen some New Holland honeyeaters provoke or 'mildly attack' some birds much larger their size).

Thankful to have this photo too, and I do like the colours of these birds.

All photos taken with my Canon 70-300mm L lens on my 7D camera.

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Beautiful images, pj! That Honeyeaters has beautiful but crazy looking feathers! Are they always that "ruffled" looking? And, that Lorikeet is amazing! I've only seen those at zoos and pet shops here...
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Fantastic shots, enjoyed.

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Thanks for your kind comments. Yes, I also think honeyeaters are beautiful, and their feathers are magnicent for such a small bird.

Their underbody feathers are quite 'ruffled' looking all of the time (they are probably smaller / lighter fluffier). Here's a photo of the same time with the wind ruffling the bird (from behind)

Also, sorry - I said that the bird in photo #5 is a rainbow lorikeet... actually I was wrong... it is an Eastern Rosella (a relative of the lorikeet... still from the parrot family, also native to this part of Australia).

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Thanks jj for your post.

I'm very glad you enjoyed the shots.

Here's another one. This New Holland Honeyeater was displaying its feathers so nicely... definitely not camera shy!

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Paul, these last 2 are fantastic. Beautiful feathers, but sure seems to have an attitude!!
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