TUI and Silvereye FEEDING ON FLAX FLOWERS

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“The flowers of Flax (Phormium tenax, family Xanthorrhoeaceae, Maori name: Harakeke) are one of the native botanical icons of New Zealand and always a sight to behold when in bloom (below).

“On the evening of 18th January 2013, I chanced upon the endemic Tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae) in search of nectar from the flowers of Flax at Okarito, South Island (below).

“Earlier the same day, I had also seen a Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis) coming to feed from the same species of flowers (below).”

Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
Singapore
17th February 2013

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