I have managed to take a better photo of the Macleay’s Honeyeater – its not perfect but I am improving! The birds enjoy our well sheltered bird baths but it does make photography more challenging in the low light.
Victoria’s Riflebirds have been seen feeding all about the property recently, all those sighted (so far) have been female or immature birds and most commonly eating fruit of the Bleeding Heart tree, Homalanthus populifolius. However, we have also watched a Victoria’s Riflebird feeding on the fruit of the native Costus, Costus potierae, which we have planted in our house garden. Yellow-spotted Honeyeaters have also been eating the Costus fruit, so this plant is not only an attractive ornamental but a useful food plant for the birds.
This male Double-eyed Fig Parrot was sitting on a branch close to my vegetable garden. It had been feeding on the fruit of Red-leaf Fig, Ficus congesta.
While this particular tree had obviously been visited by a number of fruit eating birds, it is not often the fruit of choice. Many times we see the fruit quite untouched when other, more desirable, fruit is in abundance. Red-leaf Figs are common pioneer species in areas of regenerating rainforest and provide a reliable source of food at times when the fruit of preferred species is unavailable.
After several different ‘poses’ on the branch this gorgeous little parrot stretched his jaw open wide, probably necessary after much processing of the tiny fig seed, although I confess it did look to me like a yawn. And then he moved up higher in the tree out of sight and our photo session was over.