Honeyeater-Koala interaction

Subject: Honeyeater-Koala interaction
Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2012 12:58:35 +1100
A fascinating observation of Yellow-faced Honeyeater and Koala while 
staying at Tarra Valley Caravan Park ('Fernholme') Strzelecki Ranges, 
Gippsland on 28 December 2011.

While having a cuppa on the deck of our cabin we observed a sleeping Koala 
about 10m up a eucalypt in front of us.

Our attention was drawn to a small bird briefly alighting on the back of 
the Koala which we realised was a Yellow-faced Honeyeater vigorously 
pulling out fur (for nesting material?) before flying off.  the Koala 
didn't respond immediately but shortly afterwards moved position on its 
branch to be out of site behind the main trunk of the tree.

I am aware that many honeyeaters use fur as nesting material but one 
doesn't often see this occurrence.  Other peoples observations most 

Martin O'Brien

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