Thursday, 29 July 2010
The waxeye, Zosterops lateralis, is a popular little bird that comes into our gardens looking for berries and nectar. Here he is sitting in a Southern Rata at Hagley Park, Christchurch, Aotearoa/New Zealand. Although their natural habitat is the bush, the waxeye, also known as the silvereye or the white-eye, are unafraid of the populous and are often found in the gardens around our homes where they eat fats and . It is not known whether these little birds are native to Aotearoa/New Zealand and may have, originally, been blown across the Tasman Sea from Australia where they can also be found. Its Māori name, Tauhou, means 'little stranger'.
Hope you like my choice of wallpaper for this month.