Wattlebird in Kowhai Tree by ethelperry

Wattlebird in Kowhai Tree

The Red Wattlebird is Australia's largest honey eater. It is a noisy bossy bird and once it sets up its territory it tries to drive other birds out. It is sipping nectar from a Kowhai flower in this picture but the bird is also insectivorous.
Our tree is past its flowering time and looking fairly straggly but the birds still seem to find some leftovers here and there.
@shesnapped thank you for your comment yesterday, Ashley. The photo of bird today shows the character - leaves, flowers of this NZ native tree. the sky is dead white glare and the tree is a bit scruffy so I am not able to send a really good picture of the whole tree. Our tree is about 30 years old and about 30 - 40 ft high. Our NZ friends probably have heaps of photos in their files of the whole tree.
October 10th, 2014  
my trees started from seed are about a foot tall lol I could get that in but they don't have flowers. the wattlebird is adapted to this tree perfectly well, the stance is identical to the how the tuis and bellbirds navigate them
October 10th, 2014  
Wow, amazing bird and photo of it.
October 10th, 2014  
Brilliant how you've caught it with the beak in the flower! Great shot Ethel.
October 10th, 2014  
Goodness seems strange seeing a Kowhai from an Aussy 365er.. and this bird looks a wee bit like the tui and sounds like it has the same character... lovely shot.
October 10th, 2014  
@ethelperry Thank you, Ethel! That is a gorgeous tree! I really don't think I've ever seen one.
October 10th, 2014  
Excellent shot, it is always better to have a bird actually doing something rather than just sitting being a bird. This shot tells a story.
October 10th, 2014  
@kali66 It;s a bit like us seeing beautiful Eucalypt flowers from other countries. Our Kowhai also grew from seed in our garden and I thought it was a little indoor fern. I kept it in a pot tip pruned it and after a few years it became a monster. A NZ friend enlightened me as to what it was. LOL. Then we had a dilemma as to where to plant it in a garden already bulging with trees. Happy ending, I'm glad to say, except it seeds like weeds everywhere.

@annepann thank you for your comment and follow, Anne. I will enjoy following your work, too. I love your bird photography and descriptions. I am a bird enthusiast but my husband Michael lists them and hopes to see new ones :)

October 10th, 2014  
@888rachel Thank you for the fav and @onewing saying it is nice to have the bird acting in a natural way. We have so many bushes and trees around, we can use them as a hide to watch and click away. About 40 shots and one worth editing.

@julzmaioro I appreciate your comments especially as I think you have posted some lovely portraits of the flowers, so must have access to these trees. @shesnapped I'm glad you have a better idea of this beautiful tree. The seed vessels are the next treat - pendulous and textural.
October 10th, 2014  
Sam
What a fantastic capture - his beak is right down into that flower!
October 10th, 2014  
@gigiflower thanks, Sam. Bird photography is the pits unless you have them at a bird feeder or ducks on a pond - so I am pleased with this.
October 10th, 2014  
This is a terrific shot - the way it is reaching into the flowers is amazing, and reminds me of how our tui reach up into the flowers too.
October 10th, 2014  
Lovely capture and action. Fav
October 10th, 2014  
Beautiful capture! My Red wattle birds aren't so bossy :)
October 10th, 2014  
@ethelperry Keep tagging me, Ethel! I'd love to watch!
October 10th, 2014  
Great capture Ethel. Love those colours and the way you've caught the bird. Fav.
October 12th, 2014  
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