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 🙂
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?