White-eared Honeyeater

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Subject: White-eared Honeyeater
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2012 20:52:55 +1000
Sure but many honeyeaters feed a lot on insects and so are also attracted to
things other than nectar.


-----Original Message-----From: Paul T. 
Sent: Friday, 13 July 2012 2:26 PM      To:

Subject: White-eared Honeyeater

At 02:03 PM 13/07/2012, you wrote:
>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.

Denis, Roy and everyone,

I have friends with old established gardens and the honeyeaters 
virtually bypass everything else in their garden to get to their 
camellias.  If you look into some of the single varieties such as 
"Setsugekka" you can see a pool of nectar at the base of the 
stamens.  The biggest single bird attractant in my garden is actually 
Abutilons (Chinese Lanterns).  They are attractive to honeyeaters, 
always dense enough for small birds to hide in them, always have a 
few aphids about them for a feed, and even in Canberra they flower 
for 9 months of the year.  I wouldn't be without them in the garden 
now, for birds if nothing else.  So many people say that only natives 
are useful for feeding birds and they are missing out on far better 
food sources in some cases, at least in our climate.


Paul T.
Higgins, ACT. 

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.

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