Yellow Honeyeaters on display

I have a family of these Yellow Honeyeaters in my garden, they wake up early and are very cheerful, but they are trying to scare off the Barking Owl ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/birdtown/5447019815/ ) but unsuccessfully, the Owl returned for Day Two in my backyard. On this Umbrella Tree the normally boisterous Yellow Honeyeaters were getting their arse kicked by Blue Faced Honeyeaters ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/birdtown/5447019809/in/photostream/ ) and the occasional Dusky Honeyeater ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/birdtown/5150018799/ ). The Black Chinned Honeyeaters were also around, but they are really hard to get lens on... eh.

But in other parts of the garden, a Wompoo Pigeon returned and a Black Kite picked up something off the lawn while a Dollarbird looked down with disgust.

The Bats still await their photo.

But back to this shot... I thought I had scored a great pose of the Yellow Honeyeater feeding on the Umbrella Tree fruit, when its partner came and spoiled the view by flying past really fast.

But I like it.
Wow, beautiful shot! Amazing contrast in colors with the red and green! Love this!
posted February 16th, 2011  
@exposure4u - Thanks Wendy, these are a sweet little bird, with great character in the garden. I really like having them around!
posted February 16th, 2011  
another great photo. and managing to capture the bird flying past is amazing. Well done.
posted February 16th, 2011  
Did you go to work today? I imagine it would be far more exciting sitting in your backyard watching War of the Birds, as the battle for supremacy in the Umbrella Tree.
This is a great shot - love the crispness of the fellow you were trying to capture - and I really like the accidental fly by too :)
posted February 16th, 2011  
@vaderkip @canberrabec - that other bird was a lair... just messing around saying things like "take a photo of me!" and "Go on, I dare ya!"

and yes I did go to work. The Battle for Umbrella Supremacy took 15 minutes just as the sun was setting...
posted February 16th, 2011  
I think the blurry partner adds hugely to this magnificent shot...fav for me. Also looking forward to the bat shot :-)
posted February 16th, 2011  
@hinhoutbay - Here is a bat from the other night... but I keep posting daylight shots on my 365 and forgetting to wait a few moments longer.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/52616213@N08/5447651726/
posted February 16th, 2011  
Another amazing image. You've even got bokeh happening. It's stunning.
posted February 16th, 2011  
I love those berries and that bird that is taking off.
posted February 16th, 2011  
The flying bird adds to the shot, actually. Love honeyeaters, they're always a beautiful addition to the garden. Nice shot all round.
posted February 16th, 2011  
Wildlife is back. Yet another stunning shot.
posted February 16th, 2011  
cool... where can I find one to take a pic?
posted February 16th, 2011  
Great to capture the movement in the wings like this - well done!
posted February 16th, 2011  
Love it! I really like the other bird in the background as well as the bokeh. But this bird looks like it's just sitting there posing for you.
posted February 16th, 2011  
@mimma_blue - Thanks Mimma, I kinda dig the bokeh too, not bad for a 300mm lens eh?

@callalilla - Cheers Kimberley, these trees are a weed in some parts of Australia, but they really attract the birds!

@girlie - Thanks Robin, gotta love the honeyeaters!

@swilde - Cheers Sue :)

@robynelizabeth - The Cactus garden at the Palmetum is a good spot to find these guys, but my backyard is probably more reliable :)

@brittgow - thanks Britt, it was such an accidental shot!

@bella_ss - he was until the other bird started showing off!
posted February 16th, 2011  
When I pulled this up my jaw dropped when I saw the birdie in the background-I think this is my most fav of yours yet!
posted February 16th, 2011  
@tnamari - Why thank you TinaC, that is really sweet to say! :D
posted February 16th, 2011  
Gorgeous shot!!! It's hard enough to a get a good shot of a bird sitting still, but to have the movement of the one in the background also is fantastic.
posted February 16th, 2011  
Amazing shot!! Love it! the bat is on the adorable side to.
posted February 16th, 2011  
beautiful photo
posted February 16th, 2011  
Those are beautiful birds and much nicer than sparrows! Great capture!
posted February 16th, 2011  
This is beautiful! I love the bokeh in the background.
posted February 16th, 2011  
magnificent!
posted February 16th, 2011  
On the contrary, I think this photograph is fantastic BECAUSE of the fly-in by the second bird. I had to fav it! Your photos of your backyard wildlife are so beautifully captured. Your dedication to finding the perfect shot shows.
posted February 16th, 2011  
Jason. I am left almost speechless. This shot breaks my heart, in a good way. Wow, the composition is perfect, the sharpness of the bird is sickening and the bird in flight in the background is, well... perfect. Man, I would have shit myself if I had taken this shot. I think I'm your number one fan. Just sayin. :)
posted February 16th, 2011  
Great photo. I like the yellow, red, and then the green colors. So nice. I also like the contrast of one bird sitting on the plant and one caught in flight.
posted February 17th, 2011  
Love the contrast in this photo!
posted February 17th, 2011  
What a great shot! Beautiful birds. I'm jealous of all the vibrant colors you have there!
posted February 17th, 2011  
Nice one! Birdwatching and photography...isn't it great to have two awesome hobbies in the comfort of your own garden?
posted February 17th, 2011  
Excellent - love the hint of the 2nd bird in the background. Great catch.
posted February 17th, 2011  
I'm overwhelmed... your comments are truly appreciated. I have spent the last year or so documenting the birds of my region and I often aim for the typical bird-nerd shot. One for identification purposes more than one for creativity. I like this shot because he serves both purposes.

Thank you all for such sweet comments :)

@roejan - Thanks Roe, this was a fluke, a one in a million offering and I'll take it the next time it is offered!

@myla - thank you Myla and the Bat says thank you for viewing too!

@axel - Cheers Axel :)

@emeraldboots - Thanks Jill, sparrows are the rats of the sky, but even sparrows can look cool eh?

@tesia - Thank you Tesia. The bokeh was the setting sun as this shot is backlit by it, not ideal bird-nerd conditions really...

@pripri - Thanks. :)

@aj1268 - Cheers Paula, thank you for the fave! I dig it.

@jupiterjanes - Sarah, after my Barking Owl shot, I had no more shit left... The Owl shot was the one that I'm really stoked about!

@daisy - Thank you Kathryn, I got lucky on this one eh?

@katertater - Thanks Katie :)

@curlyque87 - I guess I could go live in Melbourne.... that's a grey place...

@cath - I used to add cycling to that list, and I used to ride my bike around looking for birds... it is soooo much easier to change suburbs and live where the birds come to you!!! I love it!!!

Thanks Everyone :) :) :)
posted February 17th, 2011  
@thebluegnu - Cheers Gnu, thanks :)
posted February 17th, 2011  
Wow! What a capture! That bird in the background is amazing!
posted February 17th, 2011  
@gemz - thank you Gemma :)
posted February 17th, 2011  
Excellent shot! wow!
posted February 17th, 2011  
Oh THIS shot is special ! I love that there are two birds in the shot... i can feel the action. So pretty too.... ;-)
posted February 17th, 2011  
wonderful - all of a flutter just looking at it :-)
posted February 17th, 2011  
Fabulous shot!
posted February 17th, 2011  
What a fantastic capture and beautiful picture.
posted February 17th, 2011  
fantastic shot !
posted February 17th, 2011  
Great shot!!
posted February 17th, 2011  
Perfect timing. Color and composition are compelling.
posted February 18th, 2011  
fantastic!!!!!
posted February 18th, 2011  
@hillcrest @annielf @yoelao @flamez @bremi @kasumie13 - Why thanks to you all; Cheryl, Annie, Yoella, Flamez, Karoline and Kim :D
posted February 18th, 2011  
@jennlouise - Cheers Jennie, there is quite the competitiveness amongst the birds at the moment!

@miranda - Why thank you Marinade :)

@annamaker - Anna, these humble Yellow Honeyeaters brighten up even the greyest of overcast days!
posted February 18th, 2011  
so pretttty!
posted February 18th, 2011  
@poojagupta - thank you pooja :)
posted February 18th, 2011  
Wonderful shot!
posted February 18th, 2011  
@mariboo - Thank you very much Miss Missy! :)
posted February 19th, 2011  
Fabulous!
posted February 20th, 2011  
Woah! Love this one! The bird in the background just tops off the whole shot. Love the focus on the little honeyeater too, you really have some variety around your place!!
posted February 21st, 2011  
@dollybeads - Thanks Ellen :)

@amz87 - Thank you Amy, these are definite residents of this garden, their babies are born here and they love the place as much as I.
posted February 21st, 2011  
This is so pretty! I love all the vibrant color! I think the flying bird is amazing. Great shot!
posted February 22nd, 2011  
@jennarichards - why thank you Jenna, I scored ok with this shot!
posted February 22nd, 2011  
your photos of wildlife are just incredible, i'm following you =)
posted February 22nd, 2011  
@beelzeboss - Why thank you Ines, I hope I can continue to get some cool wildlife shots! :)
posted February 22nd, 2011  
artwork! Very arsty! Love the colors. I had that happen when I got a shot of two skippers...one on the flower and one flying right over head but then another one came in there and blocked it a bit. Darn. Photo bombing animals.
posted October 30th, 2011  
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