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New Holland Honeyeater

I have the water bowl a little fuller than usual today. The current temperature is about 37 C, so the water gets a more attention than usual.

While I was watching fairy wrens, this New Holland Honeyeater flew straight to the bowl, jumping in and out a few times before it worked out the rock was still there, just  a little deeper.

New Holland Honeyeater on water bowl
New Holland Honeyeater


These birds are called New Holland Honeyeaters – Phylidonyris novaehollandiae  – because they are one of the first birds to be scientifically named in Australia, then known as New Holland.

It’s Aboriginal name is Bandin (ban’deen), and is also the name given to the white-cheeked honeyeater.

They are up to 20cm long (7.87 inches) with the female often smaller than the male.


New Holland Honeyeater drinking
New Holland Honeyeater


He conveniently poses for the Nikon D3000. If I had cleaned my kitchen window, I would have a sharper image. I love this camera!   ❤


New Holland Honeyeater on edge of water bowl
New Holland Honeyeater


 Thanks for dropping by.   Do have a good weekend.   🙂



I started blogging in an effort to keep the old brain cells alive. I'm writing a fantasy series, I take more MOOCs than I can handle, and am trying to get my Nikon D3000 off auto. I live in Victoria, Australia, with my husband and our dog, Vika.

6 thoughts on “New Holland Honeyeater

    1. One has to bribe them. Having a DSLR has made a world of difference – the mobile phone camera just doesn’t like capturing detail too far away. My point-and-shoot camera was a bit better, but I’m in awe of the potential of my secondhand Nikon D3000.


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