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White-cheeked honeyeater        Images © Mark A. Chappell

White-cheeked honeyeaters resemble New Holland honeyeaters and share much of the same distribution and habitat, but generally are not as common or obvious.   White-cheeks are 'neater' looking, without the wild head plumes and staring pale eye of the New Holland.   Both species feed mainly on floral nectars and are fond of Banksias and gravilleas.   White-cheeked honeyeaters occur in both the southwestern and southeastern corners of Australia; the western birds (shown here) have smaller white cheek patches than eastern birds.   These were photographed in Kings Park in downtown Perth, Western Australia, and in a garden in Julatten, far-north Queensland.   The WA birds have more black on the face and smaller white 'cheeks' than the Queensland birds.

  • Canon 1D3 or 7D2; 500 mm IS lens plus 2X extender or 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X extender, fill-in flash (2009, 2015, 2016)