Cute little tahou feeding on insects amongst the lichen on this old plum tree.
One of a flock of about a dozen feeding on the ground.
One of a group of seven, feeding on persimmon fruit.
This selection of photos is part of a larger series I took today of a sunning silvereye which was joined by another bird that proceeded to preen the sunning bird.much to the evident pleasure of the bird being preened. The preening exercise lasted nearly 15 minutes with the bird doing the preening being meticulous in its attention to the fluffed up sunning bird.
Like most winter gardens in NZ we have a host of silvereye at the moment taking advantage of the many coprosma berries in our little patch of bush and the sugar water at our bird table. But this is the first time I have observed a silvereye eating a bone or (more acurately) the marrow from the inside of a bone! Access courtesy of the dog.
The white-eyes are small passerine birds native to tropical, subtropical and temperate Sub-Saharan Africa, southern and eastern Asia, and Australasia. White-eyes inhabit most tropical islands in the Indian Ocean, the western Pacific Ocean, and the Gulf of Guinea. Discounting some widespread members of the genus Zosterops, most species are endemic to single islands or archipelagos. The Silvereye, Zosterops lateralis, naturally colonised New Zealand, where it is known as the "Wax-eye" or Tauhau ("stranger"), from 1855. The...