ON THE ROAD — The Singing Honeyeater (Lichenostomus virescens) has a range that covers most of the Australian continent. But it’s not found in my home range at the Top End of the Northern Territory. We met this handsome specimen in the Arid Lands Botanic Gardens, Port Augusta.
ON THE ROAD — on the way from Adelaide to Melbourne we took a little detour to visit the Ngarkat National Park which sits on the South Australian/Victoria border. Very few plants were in flower — we’d missed the nectar laden stems of the yakka grass tree and Banksia ornata was just coming into flower. We did see this white-eared honeyeater (Lichenostomus leucatis) waiting for better times. The flowering cones of Banksia ornata are a major food source for the two species of pigmy possums to be found at Ngarkat.