Mar 27 2012
Here’s a very small bird with a very large eye ring.
Native to Australia and New Zealand, he’s a migratory bird called a silvereye. He’s only the size of a kinglet.
Right now the silvereyes are gathering in flocks because winter is coming to the southern hemisphere. They’ll fly north to warmer climates eating fruit along the way.
Here’s a video of them eating kiwi at a backyard feeder. (I’ll bet the bird that’s flapping its wings and cheeping is a fledgling. What do you think?)
The eye ring is amazing…
Look me in the eye, he seems to say.
(This photo by JJ Harrison was Picture of the Day on Wikimedia Commons 23 March 2009. Click on the photo to see the original)