I observed this frequently in Broome when the
temperature would hit around 45 degrees in the shade on the odd occassion. In
this case it was the Yellow White-eyes. The little fellows would die of window
strike on these days and I observed much risk taking behaviour around raptors in
bird baths, etc.. Most interesting was how they would gather among the
buttresses of trees or in any hollow they could find. Usually cramming in 1/2 a
dozen or more at a time. I too, have photos, as they were most approachable
under these circumstances.
Actually, I used to take pity and devised a
"birdy shower" for them. They loved it on these really hot days and more than
once shared it in very close company with "chook", one of our resident Brown
Goshawks. Chook obviously had a moritorium on eating white-eyes on such days and
the white-eyes appeared to take it as a given.