Australia Travel Diary - p 3
3 July 2002
The other birds enjoying a Grevillea nectar breakfast are a fascinating
lot. Two other parrots, Northern Rosella and Red-winged Parrot, join the fun, not to
mention Pied Butcherbird, Straited Pardalote, Yellow and Olive-backed Orioles,
Mistletoebird, and of course the main group of Australian nectivores, the
honeyeaters: Bar-breasted, Blue-faced, White-gaped, and Rufous-throated. Most
of the visitors drop by in mixed groups for a moment or two, then dart away.
The Red-winged Parrots arrive in family parties of 3-4, and stay an hour or more. Using both their feet and beak, they climb through the tree, visiting every flower head within reach. Red-wings should be easy to photograph, but they stay mainly in the shade, for which I can't blame them! The upright needle-shaped grevillea leaves ruin many chances, obscuring the bird just when everything else is perfect.