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Out to Lunch : A Rainbow Lorikeet

20 Jan

One of the most potent joys of living near a bushland park lies in the wonderful opportunities it presents for bird observation and photography.

Recently I was able to observe a beautiful Rainbow Lorikeet eating nectar from a Banksia tree. This all happened beside the river baths where I swim almost every day from Spring to late Autumn.

Don’t you agree that Australian parrots rank highly in the scale of the world’s most engaging birds?

Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet

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Home Sweet Home, If You’re a Lorikeet…

2 Jan

I guess it’s rather nice, making your home in a tree.

Fresh air, views a plenty. An enviable supply of ultra-fresh, healthy food from which to choose. Friends flying past…

This cheerful Rainbow Lorikeet gives me the impression that he (or she) is well satisfied with life.

Rainbow Lorikeet at home

Rainbow Lorikeet at home

 

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Springtime: Nesting Time!

8 Oct

I grew up living near the city, where the tar and cement was broken only by the occasional, man-made park. Never once did I see a cockatoo flying free, leave alone a glorious King Parrot or an eye-catching galah.

So it with ever-mounting appreciation that I view all the sights and hear all the sounds that surround me in our local bushland park, an area barely and judiciously touched by civilization.

Springtime sees an explosion of activity, with birds making use of tree hollows and so on for nesting.

Here I’ve captured an image of a Rainbow Lorikeet as it looks out from its nest.

Enjoy!

Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet

 

 

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Where, Now?

29 Aug

Where, now?

That’s what this Rainbow Lorikeet seems to be thinking….

Certainly  it on the move, and luck came my way as I snapped it just in time!

The beauties of Australian nature are wondrous.

Where, now?

Where, now?

 

Flashing Jewels: Rainbow Lorikeets!

19 Oct

Rainbow Lorikeet in a tree

Two Rainbow Lorikeets in tree hollow

Australia is blessed by many delightful avian species. Parrots must surely rank as one of the most engaging.

As a child of the city, I never saw these lovely creatures in the wild. Despite the relief of an occasional park, the streets of concrete and bitumen were not conducive to their habitation.

And so, when later on we moved away: to an outer suburb closer to bushland: these often brilliantly coloured birds formed a part of my journey of discovery.

While sometimes they visit local front gardens: particularly those with native plants: they are often to be seen in bushland parks.

One of the most common in number, though not in beauty, is the Rainbow Lorikeet. As its name suggests, it’s a gloriously multi-coloured bird. Small wonder  it was the first Australian parrot illustrated in colour: in Peter Brown’s 1774 publication: New Illustrations of Zoology.

Primarily blossom feeders, these gregarious creatures fly in flocks: some very small, others of many dozens. Interestingly, they do not glide. Their calls change according to their activity: from screeching, right through to soft twitters.

As I stroll through bushland, my eyes constantly search for beautiful things: birds, flowers, even leaves.  Am I not lucky to be rewarded so wonderfully?

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