Brown-headed Honeyeaters bathing in rain droplets

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Subject: Brown-headed Honeyeaters bathing in rain droplets
From: Michael Todd <>
Date: Mon, 15 May 2006 18:49:08 +1000
Hi all,

On Sunday morning I spent a few hours wandering around a part of the
Awaba Forest (central coast NSW, west of Lake Macquarie) that I haven’t
spent much time in before. Didn’t see many species although a small
party of Southern Emuwrens was nice- I hadn’t seen SEW around Awaba so
far this year. Also a new wrecked car (a regular event unfortunately).
Mind you, wrecked cars (set alight), are the most common cause of
“patchy burning” at Awaba which brings about a variety of understorey

Of interest was a group of Brown-headed Honeyeaters that was kicking up
quite a fuss in the canopy of eucalypts. There had been short shower
earlier in the morning and there was a light layer of water still on the
leaves. At first I thought they were gleaning lerp or insects off the
leaves and were doing it in an overly vigorous fashion. After watching
them for a while I came to the conclusion that they were vigorously
shaking and flapping their wings in amongst the leaves having a kind of
bath. There must have been about 30 birds.

I can’t remember seeing this behaviour before.


Mick Todd

Michael Todd
Images & Sounds of Nature
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