Taken in the Belongil Estuary, Byron Bay
At first glance the White-cheeked Honeyeater appears similar to the New Holland Honeyeater, with which its range overlaps in south-eastern Queensland, eastern New South Wales and south-western Western Australia. Aside from appearing superficially similar, both species are active, noisy and pugnacious; both feed on nectar and fly erratically after flying insects; their calls are similar and they even both perform corroborees. Their facial markings are a key distinguishing difference: the White-cheeked Honeyeater was colloquially known as the ‘Moustached Honeyeater’, while the New Holland was called the ‘Bearded Honeyeater’!
Canon 7D, 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS