This is a very exciting time for the Eastern Spinebills. They are enormously busy, playing chasings and engaging in what can only be mating behaviour. With wings whirring they dash and dart, swoop and glide, not only with each other but also trying to stay ahead of the aggressive and numerous New Holland Honeyeaters who hound them away from the nectar-laden flowers.
The Spinebill, a delicate and graceful small honeyeater, has a longer beak and tongue, and can probably reach nectar in deeper flowers than other birds, and it also has the ability to hover at the flower when feeding. We have known them all our lives, they are a precious part of our bushland. Here is a slideshow of images for you to enjoy!