Silvereyes in the saltbush

Ruby Saltbush Enchylaena tomentosa is a fantastic plant in the bush and the home garden alike. It is a drought hardy and attractive ground cover that thrives in the tough central Victorian environment.

The shiny, crimson berries are a favourite food of many birds – Silvereyes are especially partial to them as the following sequence shows.

Silver1

Silvereye with Ruby Saltbush fruit, Newstead, 9th April 2016

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II

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III

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IV

I’ve not seen pardalotes tackle ruby saltbush fruits but it would not surprise if they might occasionally partake.

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Spotted Pardalote (immature male)

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Spotted Pardalote (adult female)

3 responses to “Silvereyes in the saltbush

  1. Thanks again Geoff for sharing these little beauties

  2. What a lovely sequence of photographs.

    On Fri, Apr 15, 2016 at 7:33 AM, Natural Newstead wrote:

    > Geoff Park posted: “Ruby Saltbush Enchylaena tomentosa is a fantastic > plant in the bush and the home garden alike. It is a drought hardy and > attractive ground cover that thrives in the tough central Victorian > environment. The shiny, crimson berries are a favourite food of” >

  3. Thank you for the wonderful photos.

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