Intruder spotted, prepare for action, launch. The pretty New Holland Honeyeater at rest looks almost like a different bird when you see it in flight. The previously hidden patterns on wings and tail  come into their own. However, you have to have a super fast eye to catch them even then. The in flight shot here, at 1600th of a second, still hasn’t quite arrested the speed of movement enough for a truly clean look. Nonetheless, the beauty beneath does get revealed.

These birds are restelss creatures, flying in sprints, challenging intruders, prepared to take on a chase, in a state of perpetual motion on a bough or other roost, chittering and whistling all the while. They forage for nectar and insects in a wide variety of habitats from forests to thickets.