Scarlet Honeyeater

It was a hot day in the gardens and this tiny honeyeater must have enjoyed sipping the warm, sweet nectar from the eucalyptus blossoms.

 

Scarlet Honeyeater (Myzomela sanguinolenta)
1/1600, f6.3, ISO 800

 

Male Scarlett Honeyeaters have bright red feathers on their head, back and upper breast with blackish wings and tails – they are striking looking birds. Juveniles and females are softer, very much subtler, and just as gorgeous.

It’s often difficult to see these tiny birds as they forage among the flowers. They weigh a mere 8g and measure about 10cm, you could hold one gently in your hand and hardly know it was there.

 

Scarlet Honeyeater (Myzomela sanguinolenta)
1/1600, f6.3, ISO 800

 

Scarlet Honeyeaters can be seen, if you’re lucky, between Melbourne and Cooktown in northern Queensland. They tend to head further north during the southern winter. I’d spent a couple of hours under my hide one day and just as I was emerging a male Scarlet Honeyeater landed in front of me. It stared at me for a moment before taking off. It was one of those times when I took what I call a heart photo, I remember the scene well and the best thing about heart photos is that they are always perfectly focussed.

Happy birding

Kim

 

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