Wow, top work Tobias, a great find! Definitely a female Scarlet
Honeyeater. They have a distinctive call, did she make a sound?
Here is a shot of a female Scarlet Honeyeater in my hand: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aovers/258077144/sizes/l/in/set-72157594249322827/
Note they share the following: almost a golden hue to the
primary feather edges, pale buff edges to the greater coverts, some reddish
wash on the shoulder, whitish marks above and below the eye, and the rather
short curved bill.
From: Tobias Hayashi
Sent: Wednesday, 17 September 2008 6:27 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] possible Scarlet Honeyeater, Little Wattlebird
main point of this post is to inform other members about the probability of a
female/immature Scarlet Honeyeater at the Botanic Gardens. I saw it this
afternoon in section 25 and 7, and possibly s. 24.
is a photo, ID confirmation would be appreciated. It was noticeably smaller
than other honeyeaters/spinebill, dumpy tailed, I cannot see what else it could
spent 8 hours at the gardens today, with great photo opportunities, and good
birdwatching as well. In addition to the probably Scarlet Honeyeater late in
the day, there was also a male Crescent Honeyeater, plus Yellow-faced,
White-naped, Eastern Spinebills, lots of Red Wattlebirds and lots of wattlebird
nests, Noisy Friarbirds etc.
around was a Little Eagle.
the Tom Green seat, there was a great view of all the bathing action, with
large numbers of Crimson Rosellas supplemented by bathing Eastern Rosellas, Red
Wattlebirds, Noisy Friarbirds, Eastern Spinebills, New Holland Honeyeaters,
Australian Magpies, Pied Currawongs. Late in the morning a LITTLE WATTLEBIRD
also dropped by, but was gone just as the camera was focussing on him.
to butterflies, Imperial Jezebels were starting to come out, and I saw one Australian