Saturday, June 20, 2009

Coconut Grove

I had some end of semester admin to tidy up, so no walk today. I set myself up on the patio with the laptop and my camera beside me.

The little rufous-banded honeyeaters are here regularly, attracted to the blossoms on the palm trees. They come down to drink at the bird bath, perching first on a branch set up for the purpose and nervously looking from side to side. They will have a quick drink and fly back to the perch to look around, then return for another sip. They bath in a fly-through action, and seem to prefer the deeper bird bath for this.

The highlight of the day was a pair of Pied-Imperial Pigeons who came to eat the palm fruits. They swallow the quite large fruits whole and digest the pulp before excreting the seeds.

Bird List:

Pied Imperial-Pigeon Ducula bicolour (pictured above)
White-gaped Honeyeater Lichenostomus unicolor
Brown Honeyeater Lichmera indistincta
Rufous-banded Honeyeater Conopophila albogularis
Australian Figbird Sphecotheres veilotti

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