A late night chat

Every night, for many years, I have called my mum for a chat. I am missing her so much that the thought came to my mind to share a chat this week.


White-fronted Chat (Epthianura albifrons) – female
1/2000, f/5.6, ISO 800


I am very fond of chats, females in particular look gentle and elegant. They are honeyeaters, complete with a brush-tipped tongue, but they feed on tiny insects rather than nectar. They can be found across the southern Australian mainland and in Tasmania.


White-fronted Chat (Epthianura albifrons) – male


Male White-fronted Chats have less subtle markings than females. Males and females can often be seen perched at the top of shrubs, they weigh about 13g and measure about 12cm.

My apologies that lirralirra is a little late this week.

Happy birding



Birdlife Australia Photography Group’s Digital Photography in the Bush is coming up in March –  Details and registration information

The duck shooting season is due to start in March, the duck rescue team would welcome new volunteers – Coalition Against Duck Shooting


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10 comments to A late night chat

  • Alyssa

    Very sweet little birds and I also had no idea they were honeyeaters! Lovely to share chats for your mum. She loved the little birds so much too xox

  • Gary Gale

    We learn so much from you Kim, I would never have thought they were a Honeyeater. I looked it up and they belong to the same family. They are a Honeyeater as we are apes, Lorikeets are also Honeyeaters and have a brush-tipped tongue, but a totally different family.

  • Lyn Young

    Gorgeous link to your thoughts this week Kim ❤️ It’s in the everyday things that we miss those we’ve lost. I’ll always see these sweet little birds with you and your mum in mind now. Big hugs xoxo

  • Neil Mansfield

    Lovely photos again, Kim, and lovely thoughts about your Mum. I’ve not been successful in getting close to these beautiful little birds. Were you in a hide or just sitting very still when you achieved these shots?

    • lirralirra

      Thanks Neil. There are a couple of places where I see chats. I was walking for one of the shots and photographing from my car for the other, which I sometimes think of as my travelling hide.

  • Lilla

    Aw that’s sweet. I hope you’re okay. It will be really strange not being able to call Diane every night, but it doesn’t mean you can’t talk to her. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a chat. I’ll have to look for one. Xxx

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