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The last drop of nectar

The last drop of nectar
Photo Information
Copyright: Paul Bradbury (paulsballs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 0 N: 73] (391)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 70-200/2.8
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/380 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fauna of NOTOGEA (Australian) Region [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-13 7:47
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Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Blue-faced Honeyeater
Scientific name: Entomyzon cyanotis
Family: Meliphagidae
Order: Passeriformes
(One of a few that have adapted to infestations of exotic plant life)
The Blue-faced Honeyeater is a large black, white and golden olive-green honeyeater with striking blue skin around the yellow to white eye. The crown, face and neck are black, with a narrow white band across the back of the neck. The upperparts and wings are a golden olive green, and the underparts are white, with a grey-black throat and upper breast. The blue facial skin is two-toned, with the lower half a brilliant cobalt blue. Juvenile birds are similar to the adults but the facial skin is yellow-green and the bib is a lighter grey. This honeyeater is noisy and gregarious, and is usually seen in pairs or small flocks. It is known as the Banana-bird in tropical areas, for its habit of feeding on banana fruit and flowers.

The Blue-faced Honeyeater is found in northern and eastern mainland Australia, from the Kimberley region, Western Australia to near Adelaide, South Australia, being more common in the north of its range. It is not found in central southern New South Wales or eastern Victoria. This species is also found in Papua New Guinea.

The Blue-faced Honeyeater is found in tropical, sub-tropical and wetter temperate or semi-arid zones. It is mostly found in open forests and woodlands close to water, as well as monsoon forests, mangroves and coastal heathlands. It is often seen in banana plantations, orchards, farm lands and in urban parks, gardens and golf courses.

Seasonal movements
Considered sedentary in the north of its range, and locally nomadic in the south. Some regular seasonal movements observed in parts of New South Wales and southern Queensland.

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G'day Paul.
Beautiful shot. great colour. Well cptured among the Jackarandas. Well noted also. Makes me homesick! Regards from romania.

Hi Paul,
really amazing colors! Nice shot and thanks for the text.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-13 8:36]

G'Day Paul,
I've seen these on tthe Atherton Tablelands but haven't been able to get as good a shot of these blue faces as this. This is pretty sharp and I like the comp.
with Jacaranda blossoms.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

J'en aurais mal à la tête.
Bonne journée.

This chap is sure tucking in!

Lovely looking photo and well composed. BG seems a little odd, was this down to PP? Nice sharpness on the bird.
Well done


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-13 13:21]

Hello Paul,
Really great shot of this Honeyeater upside down in the Jacaranda. I love the way his blue cheek is glistening in the light. Pretty sharp and I like the colours. Excellent composition!
TFS, Ulla

Hi Paul,
What a collection of wonderful photos you have! Great capture of this bird, upside down. Wonderful colors.

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