Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Wild Bird Wednesday 14 - Rainbow Lorikeet

One of the things I like about early morning walks is the people you meet.  If you get the timing right the only people you meet are bird watchers, joggers, photographers (and on Sundays) people going to church.  None of these are likely to harass you too much!

Far form harassing me the church going couple I met gave me very clear directions to a Rainbow Lorikeets nest.  Their directions placed me without about 10 meters of the nest hole. They rest was up to me!

The light on the morning was coming almost directly from behind the tree (you can have everything!) - so I add just a touch of fill-in flash to compensate.

These birds are common in my neck of the woods, but their ludicrously bright plumage and engaging behaviours always make them fun to watch.  They seemed to be feeding something in the nest hole - chicks no doubt - and at one time they were both in the nest cavity at the same time.  This produced some strange noises from the hole!  I may to to make some return journeys to the nest.



I find it hard to  believe just how bright these birds are - but also how hard they can be to see when they are in the canopy of a tall tree.  Its much easier when they just over head height next to a footpath!

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50 comments:

ladyfi said...

Oh, what delightful shots!

Carole M. said...

Can't believe I'm 'the early bird' lucky me! Enjoyed your rainbows Stewart; nice pickup.

HansHB said...

Great serie of photos!
I remember seeing this bird when I was in Australia.

Crafty Gardener said...

What fantastic colours on the lorikeet.

Marcia said...

I am amazed by the colors on those birds. Seems to be very tropical. Is that your climate there in Australia?

Rustic Vintage Country said...

Gosh, amazing colours!

Mama Zen said...

Beautiful shots!

EG CameraGirl said...

Colourful indeed!

Arti said...

Thats one pretty bird!! So colorful and so beautifully captured too!!
Have a happy week :)

TexWisGirl said...

stunningly beautiful birds. you captured them really well!

Andrea said...

The Lorikeet family must have been created on a good day because the colors are all so bright and delicious. Your little family is adorable ... hoping you will get back when the babies start poking their heads out of the nest hole. As always, a fun visit. Thanks Stewart ...

Andrea @ From the Sol

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

They are beautiful. Here in the States we only see a bird like that in a pet store or the zoo.

Rajesh said...

Stunning birds.

Andrew said...

A wonderful bird to see Stewart... so colourful

Sylvia K said...

I do love your colorful birds, Stewart!!

Nette Cecilia said...

Bright colored bird .lovley ,Nette

Terri Buster said...

Wow- that is a gorgeous bird- nice capture!

bailey-road.com said...

What wonderful captures of this bright and beautiful bird!

Brian King said...

Those colors are gorgeous! I don't think we have anything in the wild that comes close.

Karen said...

Beautiful birds! One of my favourites to see when I am in Oz.

i stora drag said...

Such a amazing birds! What colours! Really nice to se them like that in their nest!
Greetings Pia

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I too like early morning walks...the best time of the day. No matter if Sunday or any day. :o)

Love this beautiful colorful bird!!!

Anni said...

ps....love the rainbow of colors. The painted bunting is about as close as USA would get to these. But, much, much smaller.

Findlay Wilde said...

They look like they have been painted they are so bright. From Findlay

Liva`s said...

So many colors and beauty - amazing ! Great shots :-)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I can't get enough of these beauties and how I'd love to see them 'in person'! Wow. The church-goers gave you perfect directions!

eileeninmd said...

Stewart, the Rainbow Lorikeet are such beautiful birds. Your photos are awesome and show off their pretty rainbow of colors. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week ahead.

Les fous du cap said...

Hi,
Very nice colors ;-)
CĂ©line & Philippe

Island Rambles Blog said...

I would love to have those birds all around me ...there is nothing so colorful as that...great shots and hope to see more and to see those babies also!!

Debbie said...

just like a beautiful rainbow, what a delight!!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Fantastic shots. The colors are so vibrant and just magnificent.

karen said...

Beautiful coloured birds, so lucky to have something so bright as a common bird. x

mick said...

Great to get photos at the nest hole. I have them in my yard nearly every day but there is nowhere suitable to nest close by.

Kerri said...

What a beautiful couple!! Their colors are Striking..... WOW! You got some Awesome pics!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

The Lorikeets are absolutely splendid Stewart! We have some of these great looking birds in our local zoo and the people can purchase little cups of sweet water and the birds come to your shoulder, hand to drink, and that is most fun. However, to be able to view them in the wilds of nature, must be unbelievable!

Crafty Gardener said...

Just had to pop back and say thanks for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday. I've just spent a delightful time visiting many of the links and seeing so many different birds from around the world.

DeniseinVA said...

Australian birds are so colorful. Great shots!

edenhills said...

What bright colorful birds! Beautiful!

i stora drag said...

Hi Stewart!
Nice to know you got your brother here as well! :)

I have not thought so much about it before, but do we have Tuesday when you have Wednesday? How many hours are you in Australia before (word?) Europe?
Greetings Pia

Phil said...

That's a great find and great pictures Stewart.Such amazingly colourful birds too.

Gillian Olson said...

These are such beautiful and colourful birds, thanks for sharing them.

Adam Tilt said...

Stunning colours and great photos.

Misty DawnS said...

What an absolutely gorgeous bird!

Shirley said...

WOW..the colors are so beautiful. Does this beautiful creature also sing? I could only imagine the sweetest melody coming from it's colorful throat..

SandyCarlson said...

These birds are gorgeous. You are quite the photographer. Thank you.

jane said...

Brilliant shots Stewart - lovely birds - the nearest wild bird over here to your Lorikeet are the parakeets down London way - but they are just vivid green and yellow - I tried to get a shot but they were to quick for me- the only shots I got were of the leaves on the branches of the tree!!! - Jane UK

Maurizio Riccio said...

The second shot is just great. I love the framing, colors, pose of the bird and the soft background.

NatureFootstep said...

they are really colorful. :)

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Wowzers. These birds are stunning!! Bet you had fun photographing these entertaining little guys. You did an exceptional job capturing them. :)

Connie Smiley said...

What fantastic shots! They must be wonderful to watch. I have to admit to a little birding envy here.