The Tawny-crowned Honeyeater is an endemic honeyeater to Australia and is specific to heath type habitat of coastal and Mallee areas. It is a large Honeyeater at 16-18cm and has a distinctive Tawny crown. It can often be seen hawking insects close to the ground and even runs along the ground hunting insects. It also feeds on necter from flowering banksias. It has a beautiful call that is obvious when heard.
This bird is relatively common in the right habitat but finding quality heath can often be hard in cleared areas. Fortunately there is quality heath in the Jervis Bay area and I visited Callala Bay on Monday with my birding mates Heyn De Kock and Matthew Jones.
It didn’t take long before we heard and saw a few Tawny-crowned Honeyeaters. They were often chased by the numerous and abundant New Holland Honeyeaters. We found a male that was happy to pose for use and I got my best shots of this species.
We only got about half an hour of light before the weather starting turning bad and we decided to call it quits. We did see a few other birds including Fuscous Honeyeater, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Eastern Spinebill, Red Wattlebird, Crimson Rosella and White-bellied Sea-Eagle.
With light rain falling Heyn and I visited North Nowra and found an active Superb Lyrebird calling and displaying not too far from the road. The Superb Lyrebird is a truly unique bird that needs to be seen to be appreciated. They have a unique call in that they imitate other birds and sounds they hear. As we watched this bird I could hear it imitate a Kookaburra, Rosella and King Parrot to name a few.
I didn’t really have the best lens for the occasion as my Canon 400 5.6L was far too long and my old 7D couldn’t handle the low light. I did get some ID shots and I really enjoyed the experience.
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