Competition for Nectar

In an early morning whirl today, with the three year old playing enthusiastically nearby, I noticed two honeyeaters vying for the nectar in an banksia flower outside my window. It was a fixed pane, so I could not even slide it open a little …. hence the poor quality of the images. But still I thought you might like to see them 🙂

Eastern Spinebill at Banksia blossom ( Banksia Red Rover)

Eastern Spinebill at Banksia blossom ( Banksia Red Rover)

and the contender, the New Holland Honeyeater....

and the contender, the New Holland Honeyeater….

This beautiful Banksia is a variety of Banksia ericifolia, known as Red Rover for its dark reddish flowers. It only grows to about 1.8 metres, so is suitable for suburban gardens. We have about six bushes on the south side of the house, since they grow well in partial sunlight, a difficult situation for many wallaby-proof hardy natives. Native birds have benefited tremendously from the thick plantings of shelter belts and food source species we have provided for them on our land.  What do you do to attract birds to your place?

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15 thoughts on “Competition for Nectar

  1. How beautiful these birds are, and even through glass you had a perfect vantage point.
    We have quite a few existing trees in the yard at Taylors Arm, and added a few grevilleas a year ago. The birds like to forage through those, the hibiscus and the huge bottlebrush. We also have an old tree that no-one one knows what it is, which has an irregulalar, angular shaped pod-fruit, is the best way to describe it, that is a delight to King Parrots 🙂 And despite the river not being far, the bird bath and pot saucers of water are very popular also, as is seed, the odd bread & honey treat and food scraps thrown over the back fence into the paddock behind.

    • i was thinking about you this morning .. how we were in our early 50’s when we moved out of sydney … it was a really good time to go … we had heaps of energy for establishing ourselves here … and now we are planning for the next stage of life … the move into town in about 5 years time 🙂

      • 🙂 So you’re planning for the stage after our next stage!Even that stage is one of those things we keep in mind… the temptation of acreage abounds but the reality… so many in the Taylors Arm area on the market are taking so long to sell. At the moment our house in the village suits us but the only “service” the village offers is the pub, and it’s a 30 km drive to Macksville on a fairly ordinary road, let alone to Coffs Harbour or Port Macquarie.
        A move to town makes sense in its time, and is not a complete upheaval – it’s good to be able to stay in the same area 🙂

        • our town is beautiful, our block looks over the river to the the north, a level walk to the main street … it is tempting when we tire of maintenance here! funny how the outlook changes as years pass by … you will right for ages in your village house 😀

    • it was a monoculture of casuarinas when we bought it 25 years ago … regrowth after all the beautiful gums had been cleared to open the land for cattle … of course it was no good for cattle, so the aggressive fast growing casuarinas took over the space … until we began to clear pockets and replant the native species, plus lots of bird attracting shrubs … a big success really!

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