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Brown Honey Eater

Brown Honey Eater
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Copyright: Sujoy Bhawal (sujoybhawal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 0 N: 406] (2181)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-12-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-02-09 1:18
Viewed: 2068
Points: 12
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Brown Honey Eater from Australia

The Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta) belongs to the honeyeaters, a group of birds found mainly in Australia and New Guinea which have highly developed brush-tipped tongues adapted for nectar feeding. It is a medium-small brownish bird, with yellow-olive panels in the tail and wing and a yellow tuft behind the eye.
Widespread across western, northern and eastern Australia, the Brown Honeyeater occupies a range of habitats from mangroves to eucalypt woodlands. It is seasonally nomadic within its local area, following flowering food plants. While it usually forages alone, it also feeds in small groups, or flocks of mixed honeyeater species. Nectar and insects form its diet. It occupies the same breeding territory each year, and lays two or three eggs in a cup-shaped nest woven from grass and soft bark. Both sexes contribute to nest building and feeding the young. It has a loud, clear, musical song, described as the best of all the honeyeaters.
While the Brown Honeyeater is declining in some areas such as the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, overall its population levels and distribution are sufficient to have it described as of Least Concern for conservation.

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FANTASTIC image quality........

Sujoy, it is a pleasure to look at your work again after some time. This picture of a bird from Australia is brilliant.
I particularly like the way you have captured the bird with super focus on its eye.
Thanks for sharing this image.

hallo Sujoy
great sharpness picture of this bird
good details and lovely naturel colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-02-09 14:21]

Hi Sujoy,a magnificent capture of this honey eater,the acrobatic position makes the difference,impressive detail and perfect exposure too.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Like your wonderful portrait of this Honey eater very much!
best regards

An excellent photo with exceptional sharpness and a good pose.
The large spot behind the eye makes me think that it is a Yellow-spotted Honeyeater (Meliphaga notata). Brown honeyeaters do not have such a conspicuous spot. The colour cast is a bit too blue (?) as the spot and line off the beak should be yellow rather than white.
However, all this does not distract from a very nice photo.

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