And the bush has friends to meet him, and their kindly voices greet him, In the murmur of the breezes and the river on its bars,
And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended, And at night the wonderous glory of the everlasting stars.

Banjo Paterson (1889)

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Honeyeaters of Broome

Some more photos from my recent trip a few weeks ago to the Broome / Derby area with my cousin Fred. These are some of the many honeyeater species found in the north of Western Australia and all of these pictured honeyeaters can be found at the Broome Bird Observatory.



One of the most common honeyeaters of the area is the Rufous-throated Honeyeater.



With the top end's wet season in full swing, many bird species were nesting or had young, including the Rufous-throated Honeyeaters.



A young Brown Honeyeater, just out of the nest recently.




A fleeting shot of a White-gaped Honeyeater.




One of the largest of the honeyeater group, a Little Friarbird. There are 4 species of Friarbirds which occur in the north of Australia and replace the large Wattlebird honeyeaters of southern Australia.



The mangroves around Broome are home to the small Red-headed Honeyeaters, such as this female.



The male Red-headed Honeyeaters have the beautiful intense red colour on the head.

4 comments:

Wilma said...

Great post,as was the Koolan Island post. It appeared that some of the trees in last photo on the Koolan Island post were planted in rows. Was that just an accident of geology or was there an attempt at forestry there? These honeyeaters are lovely!

Richard King said...

Thanks Wilma. On Koolan the larger trees sometimes may grow along an underground crack with deeper soil, as nearly all of the island is one giant piece of rock.

Mark Kreider said...

Beautiful sharp, crisp photography... and such a wonderful place to live. Isn't it so wondrous when one takes a closer look, not at one's self but at something outside ones self. These beautiful birds seems so attentive on each second of their brief palpitating life... and so should we all. Lovely blog!

Jorge Sousa said...

Great captures and great blog! Congratulations from Portugal. Jorge Sousa www.ibernatur.blogspot.com