I lurked by the abelia bush for ages, Nikon D3000 in hand, watching the progress of this hidden honeyeater through the foliage. I think he knew I was there, but he wasn’t timid as long as I kept my distance. And then, out popped his head and I clicked, hoping the focus was right. It was. I love it when I manage a shine on the eye, this one was a fluke.


Thanks for looking.

I hope you are all enjoying a holiday break of some sort. Mine’s over, for tomorrow I begin working full-time on the second in my fantasy series – Cladessa – still in the revision / rewriting stage. Up to now, I’ve really only dabbled. Fortunately, I’ve reached the stage where, when I wake, my first thought is the story. Thanks to those of you who have emailed and told me how much you enjoyed Taniel. Your kind words make my day!

Thanks for reading.



Gotcha! Eastern Spinebill


Eastern Spinebill

I’ve seen Eastern Spinebills in my garden before but never managed a proper photo. These aren’t the greatest, either. The UV filter on my new Nikon D3000 lens is a little cloudy. This tree is in my neighbour’s yard. When I first spotted the bird’s rufous chest, I hardly dared hope it was a spinebill.




It will sometimes hover like a hummingbird while it extracts nectar. Apparently this is rare behaviour for our honeyeaters. They usually perch. The spinebill prefers heath, forest, and woodland. They will sometimes visit urban gardens and seem fond of fuchsias. Their bill suits tubular flowers.  This bird is a male as the crown extends into the black lines on the breast. A female as less distinct markings.



Thanks for looking. A white-plumed honeyeater had a good look at me while I was taking the above photos.


I think the camera may have been beeping (I’m deaf and cannot usually tell.) The honeyeater flew right at me, circled above my head, and returned to the tree – leaving behind not one bit of photographic evidence of its passing. Yesterday, a pretty flycatcher did exactly the same. I must improve my reflexes!

Do have a lovely weekend!