BIRDS IN OUR WORLD with Keith Ireland
Spring and summertime mean that many of our trees and bushes are covered with flowers which attract many different nectar eating birds.
These blossoms become a smorgasbord for honeyeaters that flock to the abundant supply of the delicacies.
Over the years, I have set up many hides from which I can photograph birds without them being aware of my presence.
On seeing the birds busy in the blossoms, instead of setting up a hide, it is a great incentive to take a comfortable chair, set it up and sit there quietly with the sun coming over my shoulder.
This will give bright and excellent light on the different birds as they move from branch to branch ignoring me as they continue with their feeding.
A bird or two always seems to be on the outside flowers all the time as when one bird moves along, another will take its place.
At a previous time, I was fortunate enough to be in this situation and was able to photograph some Scarlet Honeyeaters, both male and female, Dusky Honeyeaters and Brown Honeyeaters mainly.
Landing beside or just above a particular flower, these little birds plunge their long beaks and tongues deep into a flower and I was pleased to be able to photograph quite a few like the illustration of the Dusky Honeyeater here.
Although they will be in the trees as well, the honeyeaters seem to congregate in the blossoms of the lighter bushes, probably because the heavier birds like the lorikeets are less likely to chase them away from these plants.
This type of set up certainly makes for comfortable photography.