Friday Photo: 10 May

May 10th, 2013 at 9:07 am by Chthoniid

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Back to the garden today, with the ().

Relatives of this species are found through Australia and Asia.

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9 Responses to “Friday Photo: 10 May”

  1. Viking2 (11,125 comments) says:

    Nice. and they are back in the garden after a long summer up the bush. This cold will bring others with them. I noticed the Tui’s back in the last few days.

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  2. Elaycee (4,286 comments) says:

    Silvereye? Growing up, we used to refer to them as ‘wax eyes’ and IIRC they were good hunters – especially when it came to catching cicadas. But the wax eye wasn’t always popular around our place because they had a liking for our apple trees!

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  3. pq (728 comments) says:

    very good dude, sometimes the light in NZ is low, this photo has penetrating focus , photographer focus on likely position of eye on bird ,and you have to be good to have the camera ready f 2.8 , look for best speed.

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  4. Chthoniid (2,027 comments) says:

    @Viking2 – yes, the cold weather starts to bring more visitors here too. I’ll be putting put some fruit for them soon.

    @Elaycee – that’s another common name. It’s this variety of common names which leads me to prefer the Maori name. We don’t have any fruit trees here, so the they’re pretty welcome to visit us still :)

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  5. Longknives (4,390 comments) says:

    Nice Photo- But since when has the Waxeye had a ‘PC’ Maori name? It isn’t even a bloody native bird…

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  6. Viking2 (11,125 comments) says:

    And they luv the Aussie bottle brush trees.

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  7. Jack5 (4,568 comments) says:

    Chthoniid, thank you or this nice picture that brightens a cold southern morning.

    Like Elaycee, I and others around here have always called this delightful bird a waxeye. They are quite seasonal in southern towns, I suppose because the snow and cold is driving them down from the mountains.

    Do you know what the waxeye’s Latin name is please, Chtoniid?

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  8. Chthoniid (2,027 comments) says:

    @Longknives – they quickly acquired a Maori name when they arrived in NZ in mid-1800s. Tauhou means stranger. A lot of NZ native birds are naturalised immigrants from Australia. This species arrived by natural dispersion long enough ago to be regarded as native.

    @Viking2

    They’re also very passionate about kiwifruit that’s got too ripe for us to eat :)

    @Jack5

    Zosterops lateralis is the scientific. I’ve seen members of the genus up in China also, and they still have that characteristic ring around the eye. They’re oddly assertive for a bird their size. It adds to their charm.

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  9. krazykiwi (9,189 comments) says:

    Love these little birds. Waxeyes we called them back in the day. Bold, cute. We have plenty around our place.

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