Last week the air was filled with the sound of Wattlebirds with their distinctive call.

There are 3 different Wattlebirds in Australia, but I’ve only seen the two commonly found in my state of Victoria.

LITTLE WATTLEBIRD – the Herb Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne

The Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera) was the very first bird call I learned to recognise in the Royal Botanic Gardens when I had to quit working and took up Photography as a hobby in 2010.

LITTLE WATTLEBIRD – found in a Callistemon, (or Bottlebrush) tree, next to the building housing some of the breeding program at Melbourne Zoo (located to the north of Melbourne city).
LITTLE WATTLEBIRD – Melbourne Zoo landscaped outdoor area.

It’s a very vocal bird, often musical, but mostly raucous with its ‘cockay-cock’, ‘kwok’, ‘yeyop’ sound.

It loves woodland, scrub and particularly Lantana and Banksia in parks and gardens.

A very lucky capture in that up close you can clearly see it’s reddish-pink ‘earrings’ and yellow belly feathers – the inner north-east suburb of Abbotsford right next to the Yarra River and National Parkland.

The Red Wattlebird (Anthorchaera carunculata), with its distinctive dark pink/reddish ‘earrings’ or wattles, seems to frequent certain other areas of Melbourne and its immediate parks and gardens.  I’ve seen that species more in the north-east, or my current, western side of Melbourne.

Not as close, but you can still see the pink ‘earrings’ and yellow belly – not far from where I live near the Maribyrnong River in the west suburbs
Not such a good shot with the branch in the way, but with fast-moving birds, you don’t always have time to move to the left or right to get a better shooting position.   Still, the bird species is clearly recognisable.  This shot was taken from the fence-line of Frogs Hollow Nature Reserve between my apartment and the Maribyrnong River.

I guess that they’re found almost everywhere depending on the type of tree, flower and/or landscape.  Being Honeyeaters, flower-type would probably have the most appeal.

Below, the Red Wattlebird on the paved stones surrounding the pond in the Fitzroy Gardens, East Melbourne.

Wattlebird silhouette at dusk next to the Maribyrnong River.

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    1. Thanks Peggy.

      I daresay the 2nd shot was a bright sunny day (and all the other shots on dull days had the wrong white balance settings and were shot in the shade 🙂 ). But thank you for liking anyway 🙂

      Hope the Birthday parties were enjoyable.

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    1. Thanks Ted.
      (that one probably had the right white balance setting being warmer tones. I’m a bit lazy and tend to leave the White Balance on Auto, instead of changing it for deep shade or bright sunshine etc. I’m not a photo editor either).

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    1. You’re welcome, Tanja.

      They’re common honeyeaters, but I never cease to be fascinated by those reddish-pink ‘wattles’ or as I call them, ‘earrings’. One can’t help but wonder what purpose they serve in the overall appearance.

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    1. Thank you Terry.
      I do like to share a variety of images as I’ve found various angles do show more details. It’s easy to mix these two Wattlebirds up if photographed from a long distance away, but the close-ups are far more revealing.

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  1. It took me a while to remember which of our birds has wattles. Then it came to me — turkeys! There may be others. I will say that yours are more attractive. I like the idea of the earrings.

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  2. Great photos, Vicki, of a bird that I’ve grown fond of after living in the Blue Mountains for about five years. The red wattlebirds are frequent visitors in my garden with their distinctive call. A favourite pastime is watching them tug at nectar in the grevilleas 😊


    1. Thank you. I love the Wattlebird’s call. It really is unique. You must have lots of bird sightings living in the Blue Mountains, although my urban environment is ‘nothing to be sneezed at’ for city living 🙂


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