Blue-faced Honeyeaters

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Subject: Blue-faced Honeyeaters
From: "Judie Peet" <>
Date: Wed, 23 May 2001 09:26:55 +1000
Hi Everyone,
My husband works at a Crematorium-Lawn Cemetery which is situated between the Talbragar River, the Stock Saleyards and the Sewage Treatment Works, so he sees a fair number and variety of birds in his working day. Mostly he sees birds flying over, but takes note of those species that come in to over-winter close to town, or that come in response to flowering of the shrubs and trees in the cemetery.
He was surprised to hear, on the Monday after Mother's Day, the distinctive calls of Blue-faced Honeyeaters. Later that day as he was walking along a path, he heard the calls again and found a pair of the honeyeaters feeding from the flowers in vases around a grave. There were many more flowers in the cemetery than there usually are as Mothers' Day draws lots of visitors.
The birds were perched on the vase rims, and getting stuck into the (mostly exotic) flowers. Another flower (whose name I have not been able to find) that looks like a miniature orange gladioli provided a strong stem and the birds worked their way up the stem, dipping deeply into each tubular flower.
The Blue-faced Honeyeaters were around most of that week, till the flowers wilted or were removed, and have now departed. What super opportunists!
Judie Peet
(The only thing certain about birdwatching is that nothing's certain.)
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