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Silvereye – Zosterops lateralis
This photo was taken in south east of South Australia

This fantastic nest was great to sit back and watch as the parents made
frequent trips back and forth to feed their ever demanding young.

I happened to find seven nests like this spread throughout the tiny little scrub block situated next to my old childhood home. This native species of bird to Australia, has certainly embraced Australia’s introduced plant species. All seven nests had been made entwined with bridal creeper (Asparagus asparagoides) a perennial creeper that is a problem throughout Australia. Also carried in the beak of the adult silvereye is the seed from the boneseed plant (Chrysanthemoides monilifera) an ornamental plant brought to Australia which now riddles our native bush land. Watching these nests and the feeding pattern I noticed a high proportion of their food was coming from non native plants like the bone seed and another species which is commonly called Portuguese Laurel or Italian Buckthorn. It shows how a species can become reliant on a foreign food source but also how management of eradicating these foreign plants must be done carefully and gradually.

Taken with a canon 400d with a 100-400L series Lens
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  • Macky
    Mackyabout 2 years ago

    Priceless, CB!!

  • Cheers Macky! Its always good to get your feed back mate. Thanks once again for your comments :)

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  • Debbie-anne
    Debbie-anneabout 2 years ago

    Incredible shot !!

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 2 years ago

    WONDERFUL capture…love it

  • Cheers Larry! Thank you so much :)

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    Ray Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • Cheers Ray :)

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  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 2 years ago

    6 October 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

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  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 2 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS… Excellent work…

  • Cheers Andrea for this much appreciated feature! I am glad you liked it :)

    – CBoyle

  • fauselr
    fauselrabout 2 years ago

    cool shot

  • Thank you so much :)

    – CBoyle

  • Peter Doré
    Peter Doréabout 2 years ago

  • Thank you very much Peter :)

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  • Qnita
    Qnitaabout 2 years ago

    Well done!! Please be so kind to view and comment on your fellow featured member’s work in this forum: 1st Week’s features for October 2012
    Also remember that you are allowed to submit this lovely feature to the group’s MONTHLY AVATAR VOUCHER & FEATURED MEMBER CHALLENGES.

  • Thank you very much :)

    – CBoyle

  • paulinea
    paulineaabout 2 years ago

    Fantastic capture, and I also appreciate the description. Well done.

  • Thank you so much its much appreciated :)

    – CBoyle

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