Re: birding-aus Honeyeaters, bill-wiping & reflections

Subject: Re: birding-aus Honeyeaters, bill-wiping & reflections
From: Peter Pfeiffer <>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 13:14:39

At 04:59 PM 28/01/1999 PST, Carol Probets wrote:
>There's not a lot flowering here at the moment, but just yesterday one 
>of the New Hollands started spending an inordinate amount of time on a 
>branch just outside my dining room window, preoccupied with its 
>reflection. It erects all the white feathers on its head and face (not 
>the black ones) so that the white patches stick out, occasionally 
>flutters towards the window and repeatedly wipes its bill on the branch.

  I have seen a NHH either kissing itself or eating some sugary substance
from outside my window.The window was tinted.  I could observe it very
close being able to see it's whitish feathery tongue darting in and out of
it's beak from only cms. away.  Fantastic! 


Peter Pfeiffer
Department of Chemistry
Flinders University of South Australia
GPO Box 2100 ADELAIDE  SA  5001
ph :  08 82012095
fax :  08 82013035
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