Honeyeaters again

To: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>, <>
Subject: Honeyeaters again
From: "John Cummings" <>
Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2005 15:44:08 +1000
This is something that I have seen before in dryer woodland around the
Chinchilla area of QLD.  I can not tell you the gum tree but white eared
honey-eaters seemed to use it most.  Other honey eaters including Noisy
Minors were also seen feeding on the sap which seemed to just exude from
the tree by its self.  There was up there a lot more sap than in the
pictures Geoffery sent around.
Perhaps it is a dry period occurrence.  It could also be a time of year
or climate occurrence.
I was always in that area at the same time of year around Easter which
is a long way from August so I can not comment further on other times of
the year up there.  Has this been observed at other times of the year
around the ACT?

John Cummings
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-----Original Message-----
From: Geoffrey Dabb 
Sent: Friday, 5 August 2005 2:56 PM
Subject: Honeyeaters again

Further to my recent posting on this, below are 3 images - highly
and compressed - of 3 honeyeaters 'wound-foraging' on an Apple Box.  (A
yellow-tufted and 2 fuscous)  I can only speculate on the original cause
the wounds - possums, cockatoos, tree-creepers (both Brown and WT in the

area), insects, natural splitting, any of those?  Do the birds cause
damage to stimulate the oozing?  Does the white-eared, which may be more
a specialist, do this?

                Geoffrey Dabb
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