Back to the archives………22nd February, 2011
I don’t think I’ve shared this image of a Silvereye before. It’s the only photo of this bird I’ve got and I had to over-edit it to make the bird more visible.
Made just after I bought my first Canon DSLR camera and probably taken in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne, as, at that time, I lived 5 minutes walk from the south-eastern gate.
The plumage varies considerably depending on whether it’s habitat is western Australia or down the south-eastern side of the country. The plumage of the bird in the photo belongs to the western race and yet I live in a south-eastern state. Despite its variable colouring, it is still readily identifiable as Australia’s only small grey and olive-green bird with a bold white eye-ring.
When the berries were ripe on the enormous tree outside my lounge window (of the apartment I lived in at that time), there’d be literally dozens of these cute birds feeding and hopping from branch to branch. I was never able to capture them in a photo due to the deep, dark foliage and the fact I was facing into the sun (from my vantage point on the building’s side path).
It took me a couple of years before I was able to identify these birds due to the deep shade of the tree.
Here’s a cropped version of the image, so you can see the bird a wee bit better.