A wax-eye in its unnatural habitat

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A Zosterops lateralis (wax-eye, white-eye, silver-eye) pausing on a Puya alpestris (Sapphire tower bromeliad) while feeding. The infloresence it is perched on has not yet flowered (but you can see it is starting near the base). You can see the orange pollen from the flowering infloresences it has been feeing on on its normally green head.

This is of course an exotic plant (from the Chilean andes), so it is hardly in its natural habitat (the wax-eye itself was self-introduced as recently as the 1850s, however is classified as a New Zealand native species).

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