Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday 233 - Blue-faced Honeyeater

The Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis) is a large honeyeater that is found along the north and east coast of Australia.  It is not found in the southeast coastal area - i.e. where I live - so I was looking forward to seeing some on my trip to the Northern Territory.

At first they proved to be a little illusive, but when we were have a cool drink one afternoon we found some that were clearly used to people.  These birds would hop on and under that table looking for food scraps - generally successfully.

The pictures here show at least two birds - the one with the blue face is an adult, while the one with the green face is a juvenile.

It makes a change for the birds to come and see you rather than the other way around.








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43 comments:

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

a very cool looking bird.

And your shots are great too, of course.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, that is nice seeing these pretty Blue-faced honeyeater up close. Awesome photos. Thanks for hosting. Enjoy your new week ahead!

Bob Bushell said...

The Blue-faced Honeyeater is perfect, well done Stewart.

Silver Parrot said...

Wow...what a gorgeous bird! And I agree - nice when the bird comes to YOU and saves you some effort!

Brian King said...

An incredibly beautiful bird! Love the colors!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I wonder if they keep a life list when they people -watch. What beautiful birds ... I cheerfully admit that envy you!. Thank you for hosting and sharing .

HOOTIN ANNI said...

That is a Really Pretty Bird!!!

GreenComotion said...

Very beautiful bird and lovely snaps!
Have a Happy Day, Stewart.
Peace :)

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Fascinating little bird.

Tony McGurk said...

Such beautiful colours Stewart & it looks so streamlined. It looks like it was built for speed

NatureFootstep said...

now I envy you. I saw and captured the Blue-faced honeyeater but I have just "document" images of it. Not good at all. But that is the price you have to pay for travelling in a group. A least I saw this beauty. :)

Andrea Priebe said...

He is a sassy looking fella and ready to eat right off of somebody's plate. That is much like the Magpies I have encountered ... are they related? Of course, once again a bird I have never heard of or seen obviously. Is there no end to this ... my ignorance is getting embarrassing. I do know that if I ever make it to Australia, I will not be disappointed unless, of course, your birds hide in the trees the way they did in Thailand. Maybe if I have a good guide (hint, hint) he will know where to find them :) I agree ... this year is as busy but different(at least here in the states) sadly. We have 4 years of hell to look forward to ... wish us luck ;(

Andrea @ From The Sol

Chris Rohrer said...

Oh wow!!!!! That is an amazing looking bird. Happy New Year to you. May there be many many more new birdies your way:)

Nora said...

thank you for continuing this wonderful gathering of birds from all over the world. Very good close ups Stewart. Lovely bird.

Sue (this n that) said...

Hi Stewart, such a treat having those birds come to you - perfect for photographs too. Can imagine your delight. Their colours are gorgeous, I love that blue face :D)

Les Fous du Cap said...

Ah! Si nous pouvions avoir ces beaux oiseaux chez nous !!! ;-)
Céline & Philippe

Felicia said...

such a pretty bird. beautiful colors.

Stone Cottage Adventures said...

Your photos are stunning! Thank you for hosting and Happy New Year! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

Marilyn Kircus said...

Great pictures of stunning birds. Love their profile.

Mosura said...

Nice shots. Great when you get an easy target like that.

Lea said...

A wonderfully colored bird!
Hope you are having a great week!

Jo said...

Hi Stewart, what an incredible bird. Thanks for sharing the adult and juvenile photos with us. Thanks, too for hosting this meme; I've linked up. Have a great day. Jo

Prunella Pepperpot said...

What an amazing looking bird. Strangely its colouring reminds me of some penguins!
Have a wonderful week.

Anu said...

Wonderful looking bird! Great photos!

Cloudia said...

Thank you for that great bird!

Florida Farm Girl said...

What an unusual looking bird. The head and neck seem almost too large for the bird's body. Interesting nonetheless. I always look forward to seeing birds from around the world that I may never get the chance to see myself.

photodoug said...

Stewart, what a colorful bird. Thanks for sharing.

Missy George said...

Different looking bird..They seem to act like pigeons but are better looking..I may have some birdies to share next week.

A Colorful World said...

Absolutely beautiful bird! You got some great photos. Glad you were able to see these since they don't live in your area. Glad to be back! Hope my Google+ issues are resolved, but I am still not sure.

Frank Boxell said...

Definitely a showy species.

Black Jack's Carol said...

Hi Stewart! Thanks for still being here!! What wonderful shots of the Blue-faced Honeyeater. Yet another bird I have never had the opportunity to see. I especially love the 2nd shot, with the pink/yellow background bringing out the bird's wonderful hues.

TheChieftess said...

What a pretty little bird...

Rhodesia said...

Unusual looking bird and interesting. Cheers Diane

Richard Pegler said...

What an amazing looking bird that Blue-faced Honeyeater is, Stewart. Great images!

Best wishes - - - Richard

A Quiet Corner said...

And yet another new one for me, Stewart! Striking appearance both immature and mature...:)JP

Liz Needle said...

New to me too. Fabulous photos, Stewart. How obliging of the birds to pose so nicely for you.

pattisjarrett said...

What an interesting-looking bird you have here. Such unusual markings and colorations. Thanks for sharing!

Linda said...

Love the honeyeater! We don't have these.

The Reader's Tales said...

An incredibly beautiful and interesting bird! I love the colours!

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Phil Slade said...

You're right Stewart. I don't have any birds that some to me to have their picture taken, I have to chase around aftrer them. You have a quite beautiful bird there.

Lady Fi said...

Just gorgeous!

Dave Lewis said...

I once was caught red faced eating honey...I like your Blue-faced Honeyeater much more.