Sunday, 1 December 2013

High-pitched tweeting advertised the presence of some silvereye (Zosterops lateralis) in our loquat tree (Eriobotrya japonica). We hadn't noticed that some fruit had ripened, and were surprised that granddaughter Hayli hadn't either, as she loves the taste of them. 
 "Do you mind! I'm having my lunch."

At 12 centimeters in length and weighing only 12 grams, he is not the largest of birds, but must be a prodigious flyer as he self-colonised New Zealand from Australia in the 1850s and is now found all over the country up to an altitude of about 1200 metres.

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