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    Posted: 10 September 2019 at 01:51

I had the pleasure of watching a Yellow Bellied Sunbird build it's nest, incubate the eggs and then feed the youngsters recently. The bird is tiny about 10-12cm and with its short wings flies incredibly fast and can also hover like a humming bird. The nest hangs from a branch or creeper for protection, mainly from snakes, but it was the 'awning' or sun shade made from a feather that intrigued me.


2. The nest.

3. Complete with UV protection!

4.

5. And about to feed the chicks.

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Very impressive! Both the constructions (and the brilliant awning) and the photos! Thanks for sharing!
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Peter,
Beautiful bird, and beautifully photographed. I really like #4 with the theatrically spot lit bird standing out so vividly against the black background.
Hope you got some of the chicks?
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Thanks Shay and thanks Joe. #4 seemed to be a common pose as she looked around every time she landed presumably for threats. The chicks were deep in the nest so the best I could get were beaks only. Will post more when I have time.
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Lovely set - I like 2 and 4 in particular.
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Thanks Matthew, more to come...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote horizon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 September 2019 at 22:47
G'day Peter,

Nice close up photos of the Olive-backed Sunbird.

The Bird reference book that you used to identify this bird is out of date.

Often there are regional councils also use mis-identification of bird species. Such as the local council here in Bundaberg. They continue to mis-identify this bird species although they have members of the Birdlife Australia that are working in the council and those who are in the Public Relations or in marketing, still use out of date reference materials and also use their own mis-identification as their reference material.

This bird species is actually the Olive-backed Sunbird (the one shown at the nest is the Female as the makes do not nest build and have nothing to do with the raising of the chicks).

The second edition of the Birds of Australia by Michael Morcombe has the bird mis-idintified, though later editions of the book have been corrected and is also correct in his bird app.

Other bird books published have the correct identification, such as The Australian Bird Guide published by the CSIRO have it correctly identified.

Sorry for being pedantic.

Looking forward to seeing more of these pretty little fellows.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Brandy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 September 2019 at 23:29

Not pedantic at all Craig. In fact many thanks for going to so much trouble and I found your comment re the male interesting in that I had shots of the male visiting the nest when the chicks were being fed, just visiting though not assisting! I also have shots of the female removing 'debris' from the nest which I assumed to be remnants of the eggs?
We often visit your part of the world about this time of year with regular stops at 1770 or Agnes Waters, Woodgate or Iron Ridge near Childers. It's nice to see all these bird species which we don't get down south, they seem very exotic to me. Must get a new book, I had a Simpson and Day which I bought in the local Post Office about 15 yrs ago but that seems to have gone 'walkabout'

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Post Options Post Options   Quote horizon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 September 2019 at 07:44
No worries Peter,

When your in our neck of the woods again, give a shout out and we should be able to meet up.

We live at Moore Park Beach, it has a quiet caravan park right on the beach front (well most of the time its quiet), so maybe that might be a stop over you might like to see in the future.

I have the old second edition of MM's book, and I also have the new edition of the The Australian Bird Guide published by the CSIRO, but I also have the MM's phone App, but I also plan to get the book, Birds of Australia by Pizzey and Knight (ISBN 9780732291938) as it appears to be a good reference book as well.

A friend of mine who does the Species Counts for Mining Co's then puts together a report to send to the Gov and with that information the Gov makes a decision whether or not the Mining Co can establish a mine in that location.

He recommended to me the book by Pizzey and Knight and he did show me at the time. I just havent got round to purchasing it.

Unfortunately, we dont get the Sunbirds here (though there might be some around Bundy somewhere), but they have been on my list of birds to spend a few days photographing for quiet some time.

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Some cracker shots indeed!

Careful though when it come to the slippery slope of guides, before you know it they start piling up just like camera gear!
To date I've collected the 4 main field guides, an additional specialist guide to birds of prey and one app for my smartphone.

They all have their strengths and weaknesses, some have sub-par illustrations and very limited information while others really are too big to be hauling along.

Think the current crop would be the following:
The Australian Bird Guide (as mentioned above) Currently being reprinted as a revision to the original, only minor changes.
Birds of Australia, Pizzey & Knight, 9th edition
Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, Simpson & day, 8th edition.
The Slater Field guide to Australian Birds, 2nd Edition.
Guilty of owning the above 4 aswell as "Birds of Prey of Australia, Stephen Debus, 2nd edition" and the Morcombe app for my smartphone.

And I'm not even going to mention HANZAB...it's the Minolta 85mm f/1.4 Limited of bird guides, expect to fork out a few grand for the whole 7 parts.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Brandy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 September 2019 at 22:36

Craig, I've actually been to Moore Park Beach but we stayed at Miara as our friends said the fishing was better...
SnowFella, gives me a few to choose from, thanks. HANZAB does sound good, be nice if it was on line as in NZ.
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I totally know nothing about birds and their names.. but I saw a little yellow bird in South Africa once that was called a weaverbird that kind of made the same beautiful nests. Although the weavers make it with green grass the skills are about the same so maybe they are long distance relatives or something.
It was very fascinating to watch and your pictures brought back all those wonderful memories with these very beautiful pictures. So close and so sharp.. nr. 4 is my personal favorite.
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Thanks Jet, glad they rekindled some happy memories. I've got more to come, had a busy three months away so sorting birds, reptiles, boat races, war games and who knows what at the moment!!!!
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Impressive shots Peter .
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