mysteries of climate change
enjoy the nectar
In Melbourne and across most of Victoria we have experienced a very dry summer with the lack of rainfall extending into Autumn. Our local resident Ringtail Possums with no natural food supplies left have defoliated a Cherry Plum tree in the backyard. The poor tree struggling to survive has produced fresh buds and blossom in April (the middle of Autumn). In turn the new blossom has attracted nectar feeding birds including this beautiful male Eastern Spinebill. These amazing little birds have a long bill, (as seen in the images) that is dipped deep into flowers to extract nectar. In the top image he has finished feeding and below is drying out after taking a dip in the birdbath.