Noisy Friarbird by girlie

Noisy Friarbird

This bird was high up in a Silky Oak tree on my friend's property, so not the best shot. However, they are hard to get sitting still long enough so I've had to make do with this. Noisy Friarbirds (Philemon corniculatus) are honeyeaters and, as their name suggests, never seem to stop cackling and squabbling over their meals. They get their name from their completely bald heads. They have red eyes and little bumps on the end of their beaks, as above. They are not the most beautiful of birds but I love them, just the same, for their busy, noisy nature. They compete with the parrots for the best of the Australian native flowers like these Silky Oak blossoms.
He looks very beautiful sitting on those colorful blossoms.
November 6th, 2012  
The colour is so bright, you love full colour :) they are hard to catch, well done here! thumbs up.
November 6th, 2012  
he blends in well with the tree.
November 6th, 2012  
Unusual looking bird, I think I'm seeing it for the first time! Beautiful colours in your shot. 8)
November 6th, 2012  
It never ceases to amaze me the lengths Nature goes to with her creatures. And there's usually a purpose. I wonder why he's bald and got a bump on his beak? And you can certainly see the dinosaur link in the shape of that head.
Well done to catch him/her.
November 6th, 2012  
Beautiful shot of a not so beautiful bird:0)
November 6th, 2012  
He looks beautiful to me, Robin. And you give him credit in your shot. Thanks for the info.
November 6th, 2012  
Quite an interesting bird. Nicely captured.
November 6th, 2012  
fabulous bird and wonderful capture!
November 6th, 2012  
Nice shot, Robin, and informative caption.
November 6th, 2012  
Beautiful colours.
November 6th, 2012  
What a unique bird! Very nice capture.
November 7th, 2012  
Lovely shot,
November 8th, 2012  
I recall seeing 3 G. robusta on the way to Dubbo one time and they were soooooo tall, easily well over 30m. And I always thought my neighbour's tree in our suburban backyard was big! Great bird too, always like these guys in the garden. The Manus version has an amazing voice!
November 8th, 2012  
@bobfoto These trees are gigantic and they grow easily to 30m around here. All flowering at the moment and spectacular next to the jacarandas. I haven't heard the friarbirds in PNG (probably did, but was unaware at the time; too young and dumb!)
November 8th, 2012  
@girlie - The Helmeted Friarbird was popular around Moresby and there was a Meyer's and a Brass's Fbirds but I never really noticed them... meant to be common, smaller bird and their heads were not as distinct at the Helmeted. But over on the islands, there are the 3 they call the Bismarck Fbirds, the New England, the New Ireland and the Manus. Not only did the Manus bird have a beautiful voice but he had a white chest and belly and always looked cleaner then the other Fbirds. Got lens on one or two, but back when I only had a 40-150mm kit lens...
November 8th, 2012  
@bobfoto Wish I'd been more interested in the flora and fauna of PNG when I was there. Would love to go back and check it out now. Friend and I have been talking about it but think we need some good advice about safety, etc., first.
November 8th, 2012  
@girlie - I'm always happy to offer advice. ;)
November 8th, 2012  
@girlie - I don't know if you use fcbk... do you have a flickr account? You can PM people easier that way.
November 8th, 2012  
@bobfoto Yes, I know. Trying not to get too caught up in all sorts of different technology; not enough hours in the day. Will get on to you if we decide to do a PNG adventure.
November 8th, 2012  
Lovely capture
November 17th, 2012  
Beautiful colours.great snap
December 21st, 2012  
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