Poplar gum full of birds

Our poplar gum dropped a lot of leaves a month ago in preparation for its flowering, and it has been full of birds ever since. In order from most to least numerous visitation, we’ve enjoyed (mostly!) the company of Rainbow Lorikeets, Blue-faced Honeyeaters, White-gaped Honeyeaters, Little Friarbirds, Leaden Flycatcher, Great Bowerbird, Brown Honeyeater (common in the garden but not in the poplar gum), Blue-winged Kookaburra, Spangled Drongo, Indian Mynah, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, Figbird and Torres Strait Pigeon (my first sighting this season).

Amongst them, however, was a Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus, my first record of the species in the garden.

As I said when I wrote about them here, it would be easy enough to assume (wrongly) that any green parrot high in a flowering paperbark or poplar gum was the familiar Rainbow and overlook them, so all I can say for sure is that they are not regular visitors. Anyway, this one was in the topmost branches of the poplar gum, almost beyond camera range:

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet

I have written about the others so many times that I will simply refer you to my Birds in a Townsville Garden page for photos and descriptions of any you don’t know. It’s worth mentioning, however, that some of them were not there for the nectar, or even for the numerous insects attracted to the nectar, but were just going about their normal business.

white-gaped honeyeater
Territoriality? With this much food on offer? Probably.

I will include one more photo, just because the Little Friarbird isn’t as well known as most of the others mentioned above.

Little Friarbird
Little Friarbird

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