There are two young Red Wattlebirds in the garden, and as I noted some time ago with another, they show virtually no fear of humans. While I was sitting in the porch with the cryptic crossword, one was happily feeding on Eremophila maculata flowers just a metre and a half away, chirping continually. Two grevilleas are very popular, G. asplenifolia and Robyn Gordon, here’s a video clip of one of the youngsters working over the former. Judging by the work it is putting in, the asplenifolia flowers must have a very plentiful nectar flow. The liberal coating of pollen above and below the bird’s bill is a graphic illustration of the part these birds play in the pollination of our native plants. Look for the honey-eating tongue at the end of the clip.

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