White-eared Honeyeater

To: Roy Harvey <>
Subject: White-eared Honeyeater
From: Denis Wilson <>
Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2012 14:03:46 +1000
Hi Roy et al.

As a long-term Canberra gardener, I was never aware that Camellias contain nectar.
But, as with your White-eared HEs, my local (Robertson NSW) Lewin's HEs have taught me that Camellias (especially the single varieties) obviously do contain nectar.

In winter, and Spring my local Lewin's HEs regularly harvest nectar from my camellias outside my Study window. But the resident Spinebills seldom do.

The large flowered "Japonica" varieties, especially the "Doubles", seem to have less nectar.
But Sasanquas, and the early-flowering "Williamsii hybrids" especially, are great bird attracting plants.


Denis Wilson

On Fri, Jul 13, 2012 at 12:51 PM, Roy Harvey <> wrote:
A White-eared Honeyeater spent about 5 minutes lumbering around in our Camellia yesterday. First time I've seen one in our garden in Yarralumla.

Denis Wilson
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