I have long been fascinated by the lovely red flowers of the umbrella tree (which I have since discovered is considered to be a pest in some areas, but without it I wonder how all our birds would get on). There are some trees in flower not far from me which are growing down a bit of a slope and consequently a little more accessible than most, so I stopped to take a few close ups of the flowers. I got more than I bargained for though; a very sore neck from constantly looking up and some new friends, feathered and human. Above is a cheeky silver eye (thanks Pam) which I had never seen before but was cavorting around the flowers, along with a few other tiny little birds. The flowers are covered in little droplets of nectar which has attracted these birds as well as the ubiquitous rainbow lorikeet which, understandably, they were very wary of.
Unfortunately these are the best photos of the silver eye that I could get as they are remarkably fast and I am remarkably slow. Not a good combination. This photo shows some open flowers too.
I can name this chap as a dusky honeyeater, thanks to a new contact, Graeme, who is also a wildlife photographer in his spare time. You can see his talents here. He saw me taking these photos one day and wondered what I was up to.
I'm familiar with these brown honey eaters as there are lots around my area and I documented the journey of a nesting pair back in 2012 here.
This one is also new to me (to be honest, there's not much that isn't new to me) but I believe it's a white throated honey eater.
Big, bad rainbow lorikeet, scaring off the tiny birds.
Another closeup of the flower dripping with nectar.
I love the leaves as well although they make it difficult to photograph little birds (lots of shots with no heads) but they make nice patterns against the sky.