BLUE-FACED HONEYEATER (Entomyzon cyanotis)

When I first bought a camera in May 2010 and took up Photography as a hobby, I felt a bit like a fraud sharing images on my Nature Blog from the Zoo’s Great Aviary (located at Melbourne’s main Zoo in North Melbourne).  We have 3 zoos, the other 2 are much further away from the city centre in the nearby countryside.

Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis),

A nature photographer should be sharing images from the wild I thought.

But then I asked myself the question…..why do I blog?  What is this blog about?  (and I think these are questions you need to ask yourself when you first start blogging on the internet).

The answer was pretty easy.  This particular blog is about my Photography hobby and specifically about Nature Photography.

It’s about the nature that surrounds where I live and where I go for walks.  Initially, it was about flowers, trees and occasionally insects, but then came birds, beaches, lakes, rivers, parks, gardens and nature reserves.

It’s not about The Wild or Wilderness regions of Australia.

It’s about my own urban ‘backyard’ and its immediate surrounding areas.  

It’s about sharing nature through my eyes.  The small details are what appeals to me, so you won’t see very much in the way of landscapes or seascapes on this blog.  Without a car these days, I can’t get to the unique blue/grey/green-toned mountainous regions which are truly breath-taking in Australia and as diverse as the deserts, rich tropical rainforests, temperate or unique coastal  regions.

Australia is one country you should put on your Bucket List I might add.

(e.g.” The Great Ocean Road, on the southern coast in my state of Victoria, is one of the most spectacular drives in the world, stretching 243 kilometers from Torquay to Allansford, just 10 minutes from Warrnambool.  It was built by returning soldiers from WW1 between the years of 1919 to 1932 and is the world’s biggest War Memorial”).

…..back to the bird featured in this post……

The Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanosis), found in the northern and eastern states, is not really found as far south as Melbourne to my knowledge, so I’m happy to share these images from the Zoo’s Great Aviary.

Dinner of mealy worms in the Great Aviary

This Honeyeater is a large one and distinctly easy to spot due to the bright to dark blue face and cheeks.  It has a prominent white eye (amidst black crown and nape) with prominent black bib and white moustachial streaks joining the white breast.  Its back and longish white-tipped tail are a striking golden olive-green. Found in open woodland or any areas with trees in the wild and certainly easy to see up close in the Zoo’s Great Aviary, especially at feeding time.

So I’ve stopped feeling guilty about photographing Australian Birds in enclosed areas to share online, particularly as some of my favourite images in my 2 photo libraries were made at the Zoo.

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22 thoughts on “BLUE-FACED HONEYEATER (Entomyzon cyanotis)

  1. I agree with your reasons for blogging. Showcasing birds from an aviary or from the wild is just that: showcasing the birds. I am very pleased to be able to see these birds up close in your beautiful photographs and am glad you are willing to share them.

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    1. Glad to hear you are enjoying the bird images from my archives, Anne. I seem to have far too many, but each time I review each Bird folder from my old photo library, they bring back so many fun-filled memories of visits to the zoo – over 100 visits in 3 years if I remember correctly – I can’t bear to delete any to reduce the folder sizes.

      There was one White-cheeked Gibbon (?) who got so used to seeing me (when I went to the zoo 3 times per week in summer), that it would rush up to the viewing window to put out its hand to touch the glass where I placed mine. Never saw it do that to any other visitor in all my visits, so I can only assume it recognised me 🙂

      Melbourne Zoo is a great place to go on a very hot day as the bamboo lined paths in the temperate rainforest landscaping is exceptionally cool (as well as the other tree-lined paths).

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    1. Thanks Cindy. This is one of our loveliest honeyeaters I think. There are about 55 according to my Bird Guide Book and I think I’ve only photographed 3-4.

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  2. They have such inquisitive faces, and their olive-green backs really are unusual. It tickled me that you included the mealy worms. I had an aunt who became so devoted to her bluebirds that she’d buy mealy worms for them, despite her distaste for worms generally.

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    1. Thanks Ted.

      I admit I’m more than a little envious of photographers who can shoot in the wild. I’d love to hike in the mountains or elsewhere, but health symptoms restrict my movement at home, let alone outdoors, so I guess one has to accept one’s limitations and just spend time as an armchair traveller surfing the net or reading glossy books from my bookshelves or the coffee table.

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  3. Aside from enjoying all the wonderful photos and information about the birds- the opening of your post was timely for me to read now that I am getting back “on” after a long absence. It is good to remind ones-self about the purpose of your blog…anyway….I enjoyed the post-thank you!

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  4. I’m glad you came out on the side you did, when you began asking yourself questions. Doubt can be good, if it prompts questions that lead to greater clarity, right? 🙂 And what a beauty this bird is….and yes, Australia’s on my list. It’s such a long flight, but I would LOVE to come, and I would spend a good long time, because I know there’s so much to see.

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Lynn.

      Yes, that is a problem for many overseas visitors. Australia is so far from all the other continents/countries and its a very long flight, It’s too vast a country to cover in any one visit/holiday, so best to decided exactly what you want to see and what season its best to see it in. Accommodation and restaurants are not cheap either (in my opinion).

      I went on a package holiday in south-east Asia in 1975 and one man on our tour, booked the package tour simply for the cheap flights & accommodation, but did his own thing all day and every evening, not with the rest of us (on the tour).

      ……and the weather is so damn unpredictable in Melbourne alone. You need clothes for 4 seasons. But then the weather is extraordinary the world over these days.

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