by Patrick Kavanagh
The heavy and somewhat early flowering of Grevilleas and Hardenbergias in our front yard has attracted a couple of very frenetic Eastern Spinebills Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris. They have spent a lot of time gorging themselves on nectar and squabbling with each other and some Yellow-faced Honeyeaters Lichenostomus chrysops over the rights to our yard. The Spinebills are very comfortable with the presence of a photographer, but utterly uncooperative – staying for the most part deep within the bushes, keeping in shadows and resting only briefly. I was greatly relieved when after some hours standing around camera in hand, they decided to briefly visit the well-lit upper reaches of the Hardenbergia violacea. The honeyeater was a little easier as it paused to cool down after chasing the Spinebills.