Orbost man Andy Murray spotted these gorgeous Scarlet Honeyeaters enjoying a flowering Grevillea in a garden in the East Gippsland town recently – and he grabbed his camera to capture the moment.
Scarlet Honeyeaters are the smallest species of honeyeater. They are even smaller than a fairy-wren.
While not rare in East Gippsland, these stunning honeyeaters are not seen frequently.
Adult males like these pictured have a vivid scarlet red colouration on the face and breast.
Females and immature birds are brown with white underparts and a reddish wash on their chins.
This sighting is a great incentive to get into bird spotting – a popular activity that Birdlife Australia is celebrating.
Birdlife Australia says backyard bird spotting in Victoria skyrocketed during coronavirus (COVID-19) last year, when people in lockdown or staying close to home look for new ways to keep themselves entertained.
During this period, it ran a backyards citizen science project getting quadruple the number of its usual volunteers.
Reviewed 03 May 2021