Suspended in a cradle

Anyone that has seen a honeyeater’s nest will appreciate the beauty and intricacy of their handiwork. Two local species, White-plumed and Fuscous Honeyeaters, both make beautiful, suspended structures. I’ve found nests of both regularly, usually quite close to the ground and cryptically hidden in the foliage. The set of photographs below show a White-plumed Honeyeater feeding nestlings in a Wirilda Wattle overhanging the Loddon River, and a Fuscous Honeyeater (also with recently hatched nestlings) in a small eucalypt sapling at the Rise and Shine.

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White-plumed Honeyeater, Loddon River @ Newstead, 1st November 2015.

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Fuscous Honeyeater nest, Rise and Shine, 8th November 2015.

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3 responses to “Suspended in a cradle

  1. Such delicate strands to to hold it together on the branches!

  2. Much appreciated!😊 Thankyou

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  3. Exquisite nests and stunning photography Geoff. I also learned where to look as I have yet to find a White-plumed honeyeater’s nest. Thankyou.

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