White-gaped Honeyeater (Lichenostomus unicolor) Eden at Fogg Dam NT
Canon EOS 40D Lens 100-400mm L IS USM at 400mm ISO 400 F5.6 1/500 fill flash 4 September 2009
Taken near watering spot at Eden at Fogg Dam B&B and amazing the number of birds here and particularly honeyeaters eg Blue-faced , Brown, White-gaped, White-throated, Rufous-banded etc. Indeed this B&B you should plan to indulge yourself if travelling up near Darwin and/or Fogg Dam and Kakadu as Heather and Jeremy are dedicated and delightful hosts and very helpful suggesting ways to maximise your sightings. Now I know all twitchers like to zap around our continent ticking each new bird for either their life long list, or trip list or their year list etc. and their valuable lists help me greatly. Me? Well I also like to build me knowledge of birds but fundamental to my search is to also photograph them but not just the single shot no sometimes hundreds of images of the one species but also if possible of the birds going about their habitat and behaving as if I were not there. So my activities are time consuming and my ticks will be done at a slower rate than the twitchers and for me I have to have an image to reasonable standard ( perhaps some would say a record shot that would enable identification of the species) and in the best of opportunities one hopes to get a very good image that not only does what the record shot does but to a much higher standard. This is sometimes is the impossible dream but it is also a dream that makes it all worthwhile. Eden at Fogg Dam is a place where these dreams can be chased. So it is very exciting and my search is not that of the twitcher looking for ticks for a list but a tick plus a picture so I am a tickpicter (new term you heard it first here) and a tickpict is for my list as rather that a tick for a twitcher!! At Eden at Fogg Dam I was having a tickpicter every few minutes!! The way to go !!
The White-gaped Honeyeater is confined to northern Australia from south of Broome Western Australia right across the Northern Territory to the Burdekin River in Queenland and north of this line to the coast found in swampy areas, along rivers and mangroves. The species is endemic to Australia.