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.
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