I came across some Silvereyes visiting a garden in my neighbourhood. Luckily I had my camera with me. The Silvereyes were too busy eating to pay attention to me. By contrast, they nip through my own yard at great speed. That might have something to do with my three dogs of course.

Silvereyes flock to flowers.
Tasty treats and sunny days;
What more could a little bird ask for?
Captured in the moment,
Unpretentious, unposed and
unbelievably sweet.
Timing is everything.

Kind Regards.

Ragtag Daily Prompt – Project

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  1. They’re gorgeous. So sweet and great at camouflage.

    I’ve only got 2 shots of silvereyes even though I used to see them often in the deep foliage on the large tree outside my old lounge window. Never could get a shot in that tree – too much foliage and the light was in front of me. The 2 shots I’ve got were made in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne.

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    1. Hi Vicki, at first I didn’t see the little birds among the foliage, but the branches were bouncing around wildly so I knew something was in there. ๐Ÿ™‚ They move fast. I was always think I’ve hit the jackpot when I manage to snap one “in the wild”.
      I hope you get some feathered visitors to your new/old place soon and that you have your camera handy. I haven’t been to RBGM, but my son has and loved it. The rest of the inner city he found quite desolate of native wildlife.

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      1. There’s plenty of wild birds (and tame ones) if you know where to look. I always used to get surprised at where the nest or fly too years ago. Haven’t been into the city for a while now. It’s pretty much deserted under lockdown (except for workers who can’t work from home OR street cleaners etc). I’ll see if I can find some old images in my archives.

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  2. Perfect timimg Tracy! These photos are lovely and the verse says it all, what more could any of us ask for, but the peaceful bliss captured in your words and photos!

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    1. Thank you, Margaret. They’re sometimes called white-eyes and wax eyes too.
      This is what the Canberra Birds website says about them. “White-eyes are an extended Old World family of small insectivorous birds, with 95 species widely distributed across Africa, Asia, Australasia and the Pacific Islands. Of the six members of the White-eye family in Australia and its territories, the Silvereye is the only member in Canberra.”

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  3. What a beautiful little bird and an appropriate poem to describe it. Do they have a pretty song? They don’t live in my part of the world. I wonder if those big eyes are meant to convince predators that they are really owls, and hunters at that. Love the photos.

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    1. Thanks, Sharon. It is a busy, chatty kind of song. My canary liked it when I played a sound file on YT, so I will take that to mean that the silvereyes do have a pretty song. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m not quite sure what evolutionary function is served by the white rings around the eyes.

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