Some sweet Silvereyes

I was looking at a tree once when the leaves flew away. That’s how tiny Silvereyes are, 11cm and 11g of exquisiteness.


Silvereye - Kim WormaldSilvereye


I like the background bokeh in the image above, it’s the foliage and seedpods of a black wattle. This was another year when the Silvereye monopolised the fig tree until the larger birds like currawong, blackbirds and rosellas flew in with empty bills and flew out with figs.


Silvereye - Kim WormaldSilvereye

Silvereyes are beautiful little birds with their conspicuous white eye-ring, warm buff flanks and lovely greens and greys.


Silvereye - Kim WormaldSilvereye

The little chap above had just had a quick dip and was looking down ready to take another. Birds bathe throughout the year, not only to cool down but also to help rid themselves of parasites.


Silvereye - Kim WormaldSilvereye


The image above shows the pale belly and warm buff flanks of the Silvereye. Somehow it also seems to show more clearly that Silvereyes are tiny.

My apologies for the lack of information about camera settings, I’m hectically busy and don’t have time to add the settings. I think the images were all taken with the Canon 7D and they were definitely taken with the Canon 100-400mm L IS USM – a fantastic lens, which I believe is the top wildlife lens worldwide.

Happy birding, Kim


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6 comments to Some sweet Silvereyes

  • lirralirra

    He’s probably a little bigger than your hummingbirds Dona, though I’m not sure exactly what species you have. I’m really pleased you enjoy the birds, that’s lovely 🙂

  • What a beautiful bird! Lovely images! Have a happy weekend!

  • I do love these feathered charmers. And then you reminded me of silvereyes and figs. There was a fig tree in our yard when I was growing up, and the silver eyes loved them. They burrowed into the ripe fruit, and then moved onto the next. And the next.
    It was my job to clean up the partially eaten, rapidly rotting fruit which they left behind. NOT a pleasant chore.
    And I do still love the little fruit-stealing vandals. And your stunning photos of them. Thank you.

  • Hi Kim, What a beautiful piece of nature this little fellow is, I wondered if he would be similar to the size of our Humming birds?? You do beautiful work Kim were all quite proud of you. Hugs Dona

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