I love to find birds to suffer the ignominy of having me take their photos. I have plenty of ducks, drakes, pelicans, wagtails, noisy miners, etc. but unusual species are a rarity. My recent discoveries of a white-cheeked honeyeater and variegated fairy wren are flukes, I assure you. So, imagine my surprise when, while sitting in a McDonald's carpark (no questions please), I was surprised to see a blue-faced honeyeater picking at someone's discarded thick shake container! Oh, the horror!
It got me thinking (not much does these days); how do honeyeaters KNOW what is sweet? Clearly this creature know the thick chocolate syrup oozing from the container was sweet to taste, but HOW did it know that from 30 feet up, away from the noise of the car park in an adjacent tree? Enquiring minds want to know! Here's the photographic reasoning ... if I can work out how to attract them, beyond water and a perch, maybe I stand half a chance of actually photographing one!