Wong Kais visited Mount Lofty, Adelaide in 2016. During the pleasant walk he heard the loud and high pitched calls of an Eastern Spinebill, Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris. He trained his camera on the very attractively patterned bird with a down-curved bill, an adult male. It was feeding excitedly on the nectar taken from white tubal flowers which grew in small bunches. The acrobatic bird probed the openings of the tubal flowers. The photo gallery below shows the bird’s agility and nimbleness while tackling flowers which were oriented in different directions.
All photographs © Wong Kais
Texts and captions by Teo Lee Wei
- Eastern Spinebill call: Birds of the Huon Tasmania https://youtu.be/TOUTuur3Ueg
- 17~ Bird Calls/Songs/Sounds~Eastern Spinebill~ Australian Backyard Garden Birds Singing https://youtu.be/mz5SQosE9jI
- Birds of Australia – A photographic guide by Iain Campbell, Sam Woods and Nick Leseberg © 2015
- Australian Wildlife by Leonard Cronin © 2007.
- Fleurieu Birds by Peter Gower © 2012
- Field Guide to Australian Birds by Michael Morcombe © 2004
- Wildlife of Australia by Iain Campbell and Sam Woods © 2013
- The Robins and Flycatchers of Australia by Walter E. Boles © 1988
- Handbook of the Birds of the World edited by Josep del Hoyo, Andrew Elliott and Jordi Sargatal © 1992
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