Wednesday, 21 August 2013

For the birds

Missy's Bird Cafe is open for business. We've haven't put out food in the bird feeder lately. There's been no need to. The trees are providing more than enough food for the local bird population.

Seeds from the palm trees and nectar from blossoms are the most popular items on the menu. The cafe opens from dawn to dusk and patrons come and go all day. As well as our regular visitors we have had a few new ones. Please excuse the poor photography. Without a telephoto lens I had to rely on patience and stealth to photograph the visitors. I've tried to identfy everyone with the help of the Birds in Backyard website but could be mistaken.

 Mr Currawong and his friends were spotted enjoying a feast.
They became quite roudy at times and the management were concerned they may frighten the other guests. They have been known to prey on smaller birds according to some sources.

Miss Wattlebird ate a selection of fruit from the palm tree buffet before choosing a dessert of flower nectar.

This is one of the Honeyeater family I think.

He tried the palm berries but seemed to prefer the calliandra nectar. The small birds love the calliandras - not only food but protection and shelter as well.

There seems to be a few different honeyeaters visiting at the moment. They are all tiny timid and flighty so hard to photograph. They can be noisy though, calling and chatting to each other.
It's exciting to hear a new call, then try to find which bird is making the sound.

A Brown Honeyeater not much bigger than the flower it's feasting on

This seems to be a different honeyeater - It has more white on its body and a greenish tinge to the wings.
I must apologise for the photography again too. I'd never make it as a paparazzi .  I just put the camera on full zoom to get as close as possible and hope that the little square on the screen means it is in focus, then I crop the shot.  I know the result is not great photography but if I try to get too close they fly away.

There are a few different small birds that are Honeyeater shape but with different markings and colour.
A quote from Birds in Backyards - "The White-naped Honeyeater is similar in size and shape to the White-throated Honeyeater, Melithreptus albogularis, which lacks the orange eye crescent and has more white on the throat that reaches the bottom of the bill. Other similar species include the Black-chinned Honeyeater Melithreptus gularis and the Brown-headed Honeyeater, Melithreptus brevirostris, which both also lack the orange around the eye, along with other differences."
No wonder I can't tell which is which.

Only one visitor has been chased away. I heard a ruckus one day and went outside to find Mr Hawk checking out the other patrons, so he was asked to dine elsewhere. I didn't even try to get a photo just shooed him away. He may have been beautiful, but bird is not on the menu in Missy's Bird Cafe.


  1. Oh I love watching the birds in our garden. You are right they are so hard to photograph. I also don't have a "proper" camera, so do our best. I must look at that website. We have a big bird with a blue beak that my hubby saw trying to catch a ulysses butterfly. It does seem to chase away the other birds.

  2. Talk about exotic bird food! :)

  3. Missy's Bird Cafe is back in business....YEAH!!!
    Loved all the photos of the different birds.
    I had to cut down my MacArthur palms from blocking my view of the harbour, so now I don't have the scaly-naped pigeons feeding on the berries any more.
    I still have lots of other birds frequenting my garden though.

  4. I love the birds around us too! My favourite is the Butcher Bird- I just love his clear noted song! There are lots of grevilleas around which many other birds are loving feasting on. I don't know their names so thanks for the web site idea. Hope everything continues to improve for you and your DH

  5. You have such different birds than we do. I'd love to see one of those honey eaters. I'm rotten at knowing the names of the birds in my garden. I'm fine with the really obvious ones but the ones that are infrequent visitors or have duller coats are harder to identify. But I still enjoy their antics. :o)

  6. I love seeing all the exotic birds in your garden. I am also very happy to hear your husband is in recovery and wish him a speedy return to good health. This is wonderful news!

  7. Hi Missy in the long time that we've been acquainted in blogging, i always forget that you are a dog. It is easier to remember your name than your Master, haha!

    Your palms are fruiting more vigorously there than here, i haven't watched birds eating them though. Maybe because we don't plant them in our yards but only in public parks where they are not very well tended.

  8. Interesitng shots.

    I've recently taken some shots of Asian Glossy Starlings indulging on the red fruits of the Macarthuri Palms. They look similar to the ones in your photos except that their eyes are red, like the fruits.


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