A little late for the glitter of Christmas but welcoming in a new year, the Bottle Brush flowers have a special sparkle.
Click to enlarge the photo and see more of the sparkle.
The Kowhai tree on the reserve next to our property is in full flower. My intention has been to gather some very close up photos of the Tui feeding. So far I have been thwarted. The light has been wrong, the birds too wary of me, too many loud noises in the neighbourhood, a busy road, the speed of the birds as they harvest the nectar and tangled branches that obscure that perfect image.
I persisted today and have a few photos I am relatively happy with. Here is one:
However later in the day one of the Tui decided that the three Tom Thumb Bottle Brush bushes that are very close to the kitchen window had plenty of pickings to feed on. Repeated visits happened all afternoon.
Here is a selection of images that I am thrilled with.
In a rare moment of “happy to share” last evening I recorded these two Tuis enjoying the nectar from the Tom Thumb Bottle Brush bush outside the kitchen window.
The Waxeyes are the birds who visit this large bush most frequently at present but with most Kowhai trees losing their flowers now the Tui are very happy to shift to a different buffet table.
I have been watching the Bottle Brush bushes closely in the past week in the hope that I would see the colourful red brushes emerging. There is nothing yet but I can see plenty of the knobbly cases that the flowers burst from. This is another dish on the Tui and Wax eyes’ menu and provides a colourful show in the garden.
This year I am watching this space, and awaiting developments, as they say…..