Battle of the birdbath

While visiting my folks on Willowind farm in Moorooduc,  I noticed that the New Holland Honeyeaters were spending quite a bit of time in the bare bushes around the birdbath near the back door. When an Eastern Spinebill, a few Brown Thornbills and a White-eared Honeyeater stopped by for a drink or a quick bath, they were chased off by the New Hollands. They can be an aggressive species often fighting with similar sized honeyeaters over a territory or a temporary food source but I have not seen them defend a water source before. There is a bit of water around the local area and even a dam nearby but the birds would have to travel through open unprotected areas. It shows the importance of supplying a protected clean water source for small birds. It also provides a great location to photograph the birds when they come into drink and bathe.

New Holland Honeyeater, Willowind Farm, Moorooduc, Victoria

New Holland Honeyeater, Willowind Farm, Moorooduc, Victoria

New Holland Honeyeater, Willowind Farm, Moorooduc, Victoria

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New Holland Honeyeater, Willowind Farm, Moorooduc, Victoria

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White-eared Honeyeater, Willowind Farm, Moorooduc, Victoria

White-eared Honeyeater – by placing a rock into a deeper birdbath it allows the bird to bathe from the rock. They need a way to hop out onto the edge again after quick dunk.

White-eared Honeyeater, Willowind Farm, Moorooduc, Victoria

A wary drink…

New Holland Honeyeater, Willowind Farm, Moorooduc, Victoria

Chasing off the other species…

New Holland Honeyeater, Willowind Farm, Moorooduc, Victoria

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3 responses to “Battle of the birdbath

  1. Terrific photos of beautiful little birds!

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  2. Pingback: Scarlet Honeyeaters of Mallacoota | The Gap Year and Beyond

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