This bird is a Silvereye - Zosterops lateralis - a species in the very last genera listed in my world checklist of birds! This bird - which is all of 11 cm long was feeding in some bushes in the Yarra Valley a few weekends ago. Luckily there was an uphill slope away from the bushes so I was able to get on (more or less) eye level with this bird. Having said that, the speed at which it and its companions moved made the delete function very useful!
One of the old names for this bird is the "Grape-eater" - and in the book I discovered this gem this origin of this name is put down to "one of its less universally admired characteristics" - this become rather funny when you realise that these pictures were taken from a vineyard!
I think I could live without the fence post - but you cant win them all.
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