… is a species of honeyeater found in south-eastern Australia
in forest and woodland areas, as well as gardens in urban areas of
Sydney and Melbourne. It is around 15 cm long, and has a distinctive
black, white and chestnut plumage, a red eye, and a long downcurved
September 8, 2015 - Eastern Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris)
These small honeyeaters are mostly found east of Australia’s Great Dividing Range, from North Queensland to Tasmania. They eat the nectar of a wide variety of plants, as well as small invertebrates. As their range has shifted into more urban environments, they have adapted to feeding on a variety of non-native plants. One of the smallest species of honeyeater, they often hover while feeding, like hummingbirds, and are important pollinators for many Australian plants. Females build the nests from twigs, grass, bark, hair, and spiderwebs and incubate the eggs alone. Both parents feed the chicks.
10/06 - Irregular Incurve Chrysanthemum and Nevrina Moths
10/07 - Superb Fairy Wren and Boronia Pinnata
10/08 - Eastern Spinebill and Watarah
I very rarely do a lot of drawing for myself, but it’s been a lot of fun to sit down and work on drawings about things I love - birds and plants! It’s also a sort of primer for my solo show about flowers and pollinators that will happen next year!