This is another example of the usefulness of images and the importance of the camera in birdwatching.
In April 2006, I posted an account of the pink mempat tree (Cratoxylum formosum) that grows along the road fronting my house. I made mention of the Oriental White-eye (Zosterops palpebrosus) that visited the tree for the fruits of the mistletoe that grows on the branches. I also mentioned that the white-eye takes the mempat nectar as well as the flowers.
It is six years later that I rediscovered an image among my collection. It is of the white-eye with a flower bud of the pink mempat in its bill. For the skeptics – yes I did not see the bird swallowing the bud. Neither did I see it “playing” with it or even dropping it after some time. So I assume it ate the bud for the nectar it contains.