Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Wild Bird Wednesday 172 - Eastern Spinebill

This week I bring you yet more birds from those blue flowers in the garden of the house in the Otway Hills.  I think sitting on that balcony waiting for the birds must have been one of my more productive bursts of bird photography.

This weeks bird is an Eastern Spinebill.  This is another honey-eater type of bird, but with its fine curved bill and distinctive chest pattern, it's pretty much unmistakable as an adult bird.  Although classed as a common bird I still enjoy watching them a great deal - in some ways I think that they are the closest we have in Australia to Hummingbirds.

These birds are about 16 cm long and have a call that reminds me of a rapidly spinning wheel that needs some oil!  - a series of very rapid squeaks!  I number of years ago I was lucky enough to band a couple of these birds, and they look even better in the hand than in the bush.








I was glad a got an image of the bird in hovering to feed, as that is when they are at their most hummingbird like!

Now, its over to you - click the blue button and off you go.

Today is the first day of a 10 day adventure for me - I will be pretty well off the grid, so I may not be able to reply to comments for a while.  WBW will appear next week courtesy of the 'schedule' feature - and then I will catch up when I get back.  Cheers SM


37 comments:

Modesto Viegas said...

Well done. Great post!

NatureFootstep said...

beautiful bird and beautiful flowers. A perfect combination for a photographer :)

eileeninmd said...

HI Stewart, what a beautiful bird. Wonderful collection of photos. Thanks for hosting WBW! Enjoy your week ahead!

Brian King said...

Great shots! I love their beaks and the background is very nice!

Mama Zen said...

Beautiful shots, Stewart!

Findlay Wilde said...

What a great looking bird. I bet those blue flowers attract a lot of insects as well.

Silver Parrot said...

I agree that they have a hummingbird-like quality and that is evident in your pictures! These are handsome birds and those flowers once again make a fantastic stage for your birds to show off for the camera!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Both the birds and the flowers are very pretty.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

At first I only saw the blue flowers and thought you had reloaded last Wednesday's post! The spinebill is certainly graceful and beautiful. What a nice setting for those action shots!

Phil Slade said...

You stole my thunder Stewart. I was about to comment that this species must be a relative of hummingbirds. Distant or close, it surely is?

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What a pretty bird and perfect on that blue flower! It does hover very much like a hummingbird. (And the fact that you don't have hummingbirds has always been the only reason I am not completely jealous of your wonderful birding opportunities ... but I see now you have a pretty good facsimile; so I guess now I am completely envious!)

TexWisGirl said...

very pretty bird and great shots!

DeniseinVA said...


Fabulous photos Stewart, of the bird and the flowers.

Linda W. said...

Nice pics of the bird, especially the ones you got of him in flight.

Marie C said...

Gorgeous fascinating bird! Loved your beautiful photos. It's such a treat to get to see them. Sort've a hummingbird....for Australia. :-)

Beth said...

Beautiful bird and plant as well.

pattisjarrett said...

This is a beautiful bird. And I love those flowers, too! Enjoy your time away, see you when you return--hopefully, with lots of bird pictures!

Bethany Carson said...

They are very beautiful birds, and the flowers are lovely too. I thoroughly enjoyed your photos. If sitting on a balcony could help me catch photos like these, I might consider building one. ;)

Jo said...

Wonderful images, Stewart! So similar (yet different) to our sunbirds. I love the flowers it's enjoying. Brilliant photography as usual! Thanks for hosting. I'm back from a long week of hospital support (my DH!) and now back to blogging, thank goodness. Greetings, Jo (South Africa)

Liz Needle said...

Lovely shots of the spinebill. They are one of my favourite garden visitors and once busy collecting nectar, they don't seem to worry abou the camera.

A Quiet Corner said...

This hummingbird resembles is just too cute, Stewart!! With that long spikey beak and their ability to hover, they would be a joy to have...:)JP

photodoug said...

Stewart, a new bird for me. Thanks for sharing.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

So aptly named....and BEAUTIFUL

June Caedmon said...

Common? who decides that these birds, or any bird is common? I guess they refer to the frequency they are seen? Regardless, I've never found any bird to be "common" - great captures, Stewart!

Missy George said...

Wonderful shots, Stewart..Looks very similar to a Hummingbird..The sound you described seems similar as well..They would be very entertaining..No birds to share this week..

Rhodesia said...

Wonderful photos well done. Diane

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

handsome critter

Wally Jones said...

Wow, what a handsome bird, Stewart! And terrific photographs! I see why you liken it to a hummingbird. Thanks for sharing a new species (for me).

All the best on your 10-day adventure! See you when you return.

Lee said...

You keep doing it!!! You keep taking my breath away!!!! However, don't stop!!!! :)

mick said...

Great photos of beautiful birds. That's another bird I would love to see.

Montanagirl said...

Stunning photos, Stewart!

genie said...

What a beautiful bird. I love it when you capture the movement in your pictures. You are just so knowledgeable and talented.

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Stewart I can now tell you the flower is the Echium flower. Gorgeous images of this bird. Thanks for hosting.

Beate said...

What a beautiful bird! Your shots are so amazing. I just love your photography so much. I feel that I can learn a lot from your photos :)
I hope you are having an amazing week!
Best wishes from Germany,
Beate

Tabib said...

Beautiful Eastern Spinebill picture series. Love them all

ladyfi said...

Wow - gorgeous!

Judith Gray said...

Magnificent Bird! I see these gorgeous birds at work,and saw them in the Jacaranda flowers yesterday, but as soon as I get the camera out, they are off! Your photos are just gorgeous Stewart.