The Black-chinned Honeyeater is an interesting and somewhat elusive local honeyeater. Its harsh, grating calls are distinctive and can be heard from a long distance. About the same size as Fuscous Honeyeaters, they are found in similar habitat but are much less numerous – you’ll encounter 20 Fuscous for every Black-chinned around Newstead.
The bird photographed above was one of a small party feeding with Fuscous, White-plumed and White-naped Honeyeaters in flowering Yellow Gum along Gully Track. I’m still chasing a good photograph of this species – and will keep trying!