Hi Martin & everyone else A good birding mate of mine from Sydney, Paul Bruty,
last year sent me some fantastic images he took from a recent trip he made to
Tasmania. He had several shots of more than one Strong-billed Honeyeaters
simultaneously pulling fur from a very relaxed looking Bennet's (Red-necked)
Wallaby. I have witnessed a Yellow-spotted Honeyeater doing this to an Agile
Wallaby up here in Cairns, but it was only one bird doing the extracting!!
Pretty amazing to see, I must say. Cheers, Martin Cachard,Cairns, 0428 782 808
> Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2012 12:58:35 +1100
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Honeyeater-Koala interaction
> 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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