This week I bring you yet more birds from those blue flowers in the garden of the house in the Otway Hills. I think sitting on that balcony waiting for the birds must have been one of my more productive bursts of bird photography.
This weeks bird is an Eastern Spinebill. This is another honey-eater type of bird, but with its fine curved bill and distinctive chest pattern, it's pretty much unmistakable as an adult bird. Although classed as a common bird I still enjoy watching them a great deal - in some ways I think that they are the closest we have in Australia to Hummingbirds.
These birds are about 16 cm long and have a call that reminds me of a rapidly spinning wheel that needs some oil! - a series of very rapid squeaks! I number of years ago I was lucky enough to band a couple of these birds, and they look even better in the hand than in the bush.
I was glad a got an image of the bird in hovering to feed, as that is when they are at their most hummingbird like!
Now, its over to you - click the blue button and off you go.
Today is the first day of a 10 day adventure for me - I will be pretty well off the grid, so I may not be able to reply to comments for a while. WBW will appear next week courtesy of the 'schedule' feature - and then I will catch up when I get back. Cheers SM