The Pollinator

New Holland honeyeater

Phylidonyris novaehollandiae

Honeyeaters are especially vulnerable when sipping nectar from large, tubular flowers. This New Holland honeyeater was heavily dusted with pollen from the flowers it had visited. I was amazed to capture the unique sunburst of pollen surrounding its head when it swiftly withdrew from the flax lily.

Phillip Island, Victoria

Canon EOS 5D Mk III, Canon EF 200–400mm f/4L IS USM EXT, 1/1250, f/6.3, ISO 800, handheld

 

by Kim Wormald