Fluffy little Silvereye
Silvereyes are tiny puffballs that flit through the shadows of a gum tree. This one stopped a moment to glance up at the sky:
There are a few variations of Silvereyes in New South Wales. According to my bird book, this one is a Zosterops cornwalli. It has a yellow throat, which differentiates it from the white-throated lateralis also found around here.
Weirdly, the birds migrate up the eastern coast of Australia as winter approaches, but we’re still likely to see them around even in winter – it’s just that the ones we see have come from even further south, while the ones that live around here in summer have moved northwards for the winter.
I took a shot of the tree too, so that you can see the bird’s habitat:
Last time I managed to snap a shot of one of these birds was at a mossy puddle, way back in 2016.
Common name: Silvereye
Scientific name: Zosterops cornwalli
Approximate length: 11 cm
Date spotted: 19 May 2018 (Autumn)
Location: Manly Dam National Park, New South Wales, Australia: 33°46’35.3″S 151°15’11.0″E