Friar Birds

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  1. sambarhunter

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    They are coming into the home yard for the pollen/nectar on the Callistemon flowers (bottle brush).
    The summer heat is with us,37 C (96F) yesterday and theres not much deer hunting joy being in the bush whether with rifle or camera,though i still have an early AM look on cooler morns.
    Anyway these vulturine looking birds come and stay for a month every year,something different for the non Aussies,but then many Aussies dont get to see them either.


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  2. AfricaHunting.com

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    Just incredible! Never seen this species of bird, thanks for sharing as always! Nice to discover new things... (y)
     

  3. sambarhunter

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    Jerome,I heard the birds outside and set my tripod up five mins ago for a few more pics.
    The rain has them looking a little bedraggled.
    I noticed in one pic a bee in the beak,ah so they eat bee`s then? Nope! As the next pic shows the bird dropped it.
    I imagine they kill the bees that would sting their tongues as they probe the same flowers..new to me!

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    With bee capture.

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    Dropping the bee.


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  4. sambarhunter

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    Same Callistemon bush with a Yellow Faced Honeyeater.

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    Great pictures sambarhunter. Congrats.
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    What a beak!
     

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    Beautiful Bird!
     

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    Cool pics, also never seen this species
     

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    New to me also, thanks for sharing. Forrest
     

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    They only appear here in summer when these flowers bloom,I have never seen them anywhere else at all so I dont know where they are for the rest of the time
     

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    Interesting to see a mini vulture.
    Thanks for sharing your visitors.
     

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    What a sinister looking bird. It looks like something that would build Frankenstein or star in an Edger Allan Poe story. Cool. Thanks for sharing.
     

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    Sinister looking yes,I`m trying to remember some kid movie from the 80`s (?) that had dark vulture looking characters in it.They remind me somewhat of them.
     

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    Interesting birds for sure , the movie wasnt the dark crystal ?
    Great pics mate look your work..
     

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    Thats the movie,I was thinking Labyrinth and looked up the characters but the vulture types werent in it.
    Thanks for the prompting.
     

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    ok well that saves me asking the question i was about to ask.....:E Big Grin:
     

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    I feel like I know the movie you are talking about but it has stumped me. It looks like today will be a Google search day lol
     

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    Thanks for sharing. Great to see new animals.
     

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