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Little Wattlebird

Little Wattlebird
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Copyright: Colin McQueen (McQueenca) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 131 W: 11 N: 226] (1387)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-01-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon EF 300 1:2.8 L IS II USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-01-25 0:12
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This photo was taken on a second level balcony in sunny conditions. The photo has been cropped and lightened.

Little Wattlebird
Anthochaera chrysoptera

The range of the Little Wattlebird is said to have been shaped by fashion. Before the 1970s, Australian suburban gardens were dominated by exotic trees, shrubs and flowers, providing little food for native birds. In the 1970s, the elms, rhododendrons, roses and gladioli had gone out of fashion, and were replaced by native trees and shrubs which provided bounteous nectar-laden flowers, and shelter among spiky foliage. This coincided with the invasion by Little Wattlebirds into the suburbs of various cities, where they have remained and flourished.


The Little Wattlebird is a medium to large honeyeater, but is the smallest of the wattlebirds. It is mostly dark grey-brown above, with faint white shafts on each of the feathers. The underparts are grey and are heavily streaked with white. The streaks are finer around the throat, becoming more blotched on the sides of the belly. In flight, there is a large rufous patch in the wings. The eye is blue-grey. Birds of Western Australia have a red eye and a silver patch on the side of the throat; these are sometimes regarded as a different species. The sexes are similar. Young Little Wattlebirds resemble the adults, but are duller, have less streaking and a have a browner eye.

Similar Species

The larger Red Wattlebird, Anthochaera carunculata, has a yellow belly patch, red wattles on its cheeks and lacks rufous in the wings. Only one other wattlebird species is found in Australia, the Yellow Wattlebird, A. paradoxa, of Tasmania. It is the largest of the three wattlebirds, and indeed the largest of Australia's honeyeaters. It has large yellow wattles hanging from the cheeks.


Little Wattlebirds are found throughout south-eastern and south-western Australia and Tasmania.


Little Wattlebirds prefer the drier and often scrubby, habitats, such as banksia heaths, forests, woodlands and urban parks and gardens.


As with other honeyeaters, Little Wattlebirds feed on nectar, which is obtained using a long, brush-tipped tongue, specially adapted to probing deep into flowers. Other food includes insects, flowers, berries and some seeds. Most feeding is done while perched, but some insects are caught in mid-air. Birds may feed alone or in small to large groups.


If conditions are suitable as many as three broods may be raised in a year. The female Little Wattlebird normally constructs the nest, which is a large cup of twigs and grass, lined with soft materials, such as feathers and wool. The nest may be placed in a range of places from the ground up to about 15m. The female also incubates the eggs alone. Both sexes care for the young chicks.

Source www.birdlife.org.au

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Hi Colin,
Beautiful photo with fantastic dorsal composition, great depth of field and nice warm color tones. The bird could be just a very little sharper, but the fantastic compo absolutely saves the image. Great job overall. Congrats and tfs.
Best regards, László

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  • deons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 55] (595)
  • [2013-01-25 1:07]

Hi Colin
A very well composed photo with beautiful colors of the little Wattle Bird.
Framing is spot on and a lot of detail can be seen.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-01-25 1:28]

Hello Colin,
Excellent photo of this Brush (Little) Wattlebird in good sharpness, details and splendid natural colours, also in the nice contrasting blurry background. Attractive pose and composition.

很漂亮的鳥 有另一種風味帶著些英武的氣息
照的很清楚 光線充足 神態也很清晰

Hello Colin,
Nice picture of Little Wattlebird.Nice composition with good sharpness and colour and POV which makes it a excellent picture.Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards,

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2013-01-25 4:47]

Hi Colin,
exquisite detail with feather from this beautiful bird, .., red flowers in the bg enhance the effect, .. great capture


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-01-25 5:09]

Perfect portrait of this bird...excellent pose too. tfs.

Ciao Colin, great capture of lovely bird in a fantastic ambientation, wonderful colors, splendid light, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Colin

Excellent close-up photo of this exotic bird
with its expressive glance, fine POV & DOF,
great focus, sharpness, details, TFS


Hi Colin,
beautiful bird and photo. Perfect sharpness and details. Nice composition. Beautiful colours.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Colin,
a super sharp picture with good composition and colour.
best wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-01-25 10:31]

Hi Colin,the top of perfection for this magnificent specie,great pose,beautiful details and colors and very rich and colorful background too.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

hello Colin
great sharpness picture with good details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Amazing pose and great photo Colin! Excellent composition, wonderful lighting and very good sharpness!

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