Spiney cheeked honeyeater

by cjj on March 3, 2011

Spiney cheeked honeyeater

Spiney cheeked honeyeater

This bird has been in the garden a lot lately and now we know why. J saw its nest today, with maybe 2 hatchlings. In this photo it has a tiny insect in its beak and is on a perch about to enter the tree where the nest is. We could hear the young birds calling so we knew they were there somewhere.
The same tree has another nest with a bird sitting on its young, it’s a crested pigeon.
The strange thing is that that tree has now been struck by fallen branches from a bigger tree, twice! It is badly damaged and only about 3 meters tall. But it has very spikey leaves and is obviously a favourite for nesting birds. Wish I knew what it’s called. I tried to strike pieces of it to get more of the same tree, but they haven’t worked. I will get a photo of it tomorrow, maybe there is a ‘what tree is that’ web site 🙂

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