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Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater

Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Image ID 38201)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Fri 8th Nov, 2019 and uploaded on Wed 15th Jan, 2020 .
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CommentThe sociable Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater has a loud and melodic call, and if encountered in a flock, you are left in no doubt that you have found something that might be worth further investigation. It likes to forage high up in blossoming trees, but may go to ground to find food such as small reptiles. Insects are often caught in the air in an acrobatic manner, and it will also take larvae and even young birds. While feeding on nectar, the bird will glean insects from twigs and grab any spider encountered. The species is an aggressive one and will defend a source of food, such as a eucalypt in blossom. In fact, in behaviour the species is very much like a smaller and social version of the wattlebirds. Endemic to Australia and a bird of many different habitats, it is common over most of Australia, barring the tropical North, the deep Southwest and Tasmania. Interestingly, it is also absent from most of the Eastern coastline. Lake Ninan. Status: Least Concern
EquipmentNikon D800 camera body, Nikkor AF-S 500mm f4G ED VR lens, Gitzo GT3543XLS Tripod, Dietmar Nill gimbal tripod head Camera Settings: Exposure Mode: Manual; Shutter speed 1/1000s, f13, EV +0.3 step & Auto ISO-720. Centre Weighted Metering Mode, Focus Mode: (Continous) AF-C; AF Area Mode ‘Dynamic’, 9 points Nikon ViewNX-i for viewing and selecting files; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2019 for post-processing; Topaz Pro plug-ins for noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for supplementary data and colour checks.
LocationLake Ninan, Western Australia
Keywordsadult
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