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    Post by Joy on Thu 21 Jul 2011, 3:52 pm

    There is a candelabra aloe in the front yard which flowers in July, our winter. Some of the local honeyeater birds love the flowers, particularly the blue-faced honeyeater. Have been waiting for one to turn up but when I thought there was one it turned out to be a Noisy Friarbird. These are a strange looking bird as their head is devoid of feathers & is black. It also has a black bill with a conspicuous knob on it at its forehead. The effect is to make it look as though it has a tiny head. These birds live up to their name too, with a raucous chokk-chokk squawk with other types of squawks, as well.

    Managed to take these images this afternoon from our front patio. The plant is at the front edge of the front yard so these are distance shots. Cannot get too close as these birds are skittish.



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    Post by Joy on Thu 21 Jul 2011, 3:54 pm

    Another two shots.

    The second shows the bird with a flower it has pulled of the flowerhead. Am not sure it knows what to do with it. :lol2:



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    Post by Joy on Sat 21 Jul 2012, 4:28 pm

    Using full zoom & image cropping I managed to get this image of a noisy friarbird enjoying the sun on one of the bare branches (the leaves were blown off by gale-force winds) of the ghost gum tree.

    This is a commonly seen bird around here & is a honeyeater with a bare black head hence the name friarbird. These birds usually hang about in noisy, aggressive mobs but have seen one which roosts & feeds with the rainbow lorikeets. Wonder if this is the one.


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