Thanks Kym. Your photo is the ‘first generation’ hybrid that is still about, having parented (mothered) a brood near the bridge last December. It is distinguished
by the orange iris among other things. So far the only probable photographic record of the new brood is by Shorty last week. See below
Note the following differences from your bird:
Muddy brown iris (possibly age-related), more white in malar area, more white throat bristles, smaller white cheek plume. Except for the iris colour Shorty’s
photo is of a bird that is intermediate between the original hybrid and a New Holland Honeyeater.
It would be good if more people kept an eye out for the new brood, so I’ll copy this to the chatline. Photos of the tail will be of interest to see if there
are white spots at the end.
From: kym bradley [
Sent: Thursday, 16 February 2017 1:19 PM
To: Geoffrey Dabb
Subject: New Holland Hybrid