Early Friday morning we heard them!
We have heard and seen these birds a few times recently, but they came into our garden for a drink and bath early Friday. I have already given a huge clue as to what these birds look like-it’s all in the naming! Most Australian bird names describe the bird very well and this is no exception. Yellow White-eyes Zosterops luteus are small birds at only 12cm, but make up for their size by the sound that comes out of them. They are usually in a group of about a dozen and found near mangroves and adjacent thickets. They are very yellow with a huge white eye ring. In Southern Australia there is a similar looking bird called the Silvereye Zosterops lateralis, but it is less yellow and less vocal!
Here’s what happened under our big native tree with it’s recently replaced leaves Friday morning….
We are still waiting for rain as we are into our Wet Season now, but like the birds we are just having a cold bath when the need arises as the rain has not come yet! The afternoon saw a dark sky over Roebuck Bay-we saw the rain & smelt the rain, but didn’t get any!
Here’s the rain we didn’t get……maybe soon!!!
Gotta love ’em. Yesterday it was very hot here in Pretoria South Africa, so i put on the sprayer in the garden for the birds and within a few minutes had a group of Cape White-eyes enjoying the cool water.
What are the other birds in your photos Clare?
@ Gareth-we are pretty lazy with bird names, so the honeyeaters that look brown are Brown Honeyeaters and the finch that has two bars on it’s chest is a Double-barred Finch!Pleased you are enjoying White-eyes as well!
That sky is wonderful, but it must be a bit scary if you’re out in the bush far from shelter and then this appears on the horizon.
And Yelloweyes are neat. I was fortunate to see Orange River and Cape Whiteeyes and Silvereye, and they are so small with such huge personality.
@Gareth: by the way, I have stopped reading your blog. I haven’t been to southern Africa for more than 10 years now and your blog is so amazing and I miss the area so much that reading your blog makes me physically ill. 🙂 🙂
@Jochen, thats bad news….you were probably the only that did read it ;-). You will have to come and visit to remedy the illness!
@Jochen, did i mention the Melodius Larks are active again 🙂