Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Wild Bird Wednesday 188 - Musk Lorikeets

Last weekend I was at a tennis match with H.  I was much distracted by the noisy calls of Musk Lorikeets from some of the larger trees near the courts.  Once the game was over I went home, grabbed the camera and came back.  As luck would have it (for the second weekend in a row!) the birds were still there.

I have to say that the pictures don't really show what the weather was doing - it was blowing a gale and the sun was very bright - but the combination of fast moving birds, fast moving trees and a rapidly changing shade as the branches blew around was a bit of a challenge.

The last week has not been great for me - well under the weather, and well behind in all areas.  I hope I have caught up.

So, here are the pictures.





Blogging is a strange game - you feel connected to people you have never met, and who you may not even recognise if they were sat on the bus next to you - this week I found out that two people who I blogged with have died.  This brings on all kinds of emotions.  The least we can do is stay in touch.

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36 comments:

Chris Rohrer said...

The coloring on this bird is outstanding. Gorgeous colors!

Phil Slade said...

I had to look very hard at those first pictures. The lorikeets' green plumage blends in so well with the vegetation. Being distracted by birds? Well I never? Hope you didn't get into trouble like I might Stewart.

Frank said...

You did well to grab these shots of this colourful and presumably acrobatic species in such difficult conditions.

Denise inVA said...

Glad they hung around long enough for these photos. Hope you are 100% soon.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

One of the golf courses I've spent some time on...about the 12 tee I think, is surrounded my trees with a colony of green parrots. If you have to concentrate when you tee off, very hard there. :)

enjoyed your shots.

Montanagirl said...

Gorgeous birds! Don't feel bad, I've been gone so long I almost forgot how to blog! We haven't been out much in recent months, and when we do get out, it's not for very long, or very far. We've both had colds and sinus infections too.

Brian King said...

They have gorgeous colors!

Breathtaking said...

Hello Stewart!:) I'm glad that the Lorikeets were still there when you went back, so you could share these beautiful birds.
Cheers!:)

Nora said...

It is nice when you go back and the bird is still there! What beautiful colors on the Lorikeets. I hope you feel better soon. I really appreciate you hosting this birding meme. Take some time to rest.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Very nice photos! The lorikeet seems to be eating the flowers, which resemble those of our introduced (and terribly invasive in south Florida) Melaleucas. Since they originated in Australia, they have no natural pests to control their spread. If those lorikeets are indeed limiting their reproduction by eating the flowers maybe we could use a few thousand (or millions) of those birds over here!

Jo said...

Hi Stewart, these lorikeets are beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Yes, I also lost a blogging friend this week - a fantastic photographer and a nature lover. I enjoyed her posts, we were friends on FB and although I'd never met he I was shocked to hear of her tragic death. Please do tell Mr H I meant to say he's rangy and handsome! Please take care of yourself. Thanks for hosting this meme. I love joining in (which I'll do tomorrow) Greetings, Jo

Beth said...

Flying Rainbows!

Silver Parrot said...

I'm very familiar with Rainbow Lorikeets, but this was the first time I have heard of or seen Musk Lorikeets. Thank you for sharing these pretty birds! I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your friends and that you have been under the weather! I have been fighting something off and on since New Year's myself so I sympathize!

Gayle atMuldoon said...

This is not a bird I would see in our area so I had fun deciding which end was up on the first photo. Turns out it's beautiful from all angles.
Take care.

TexWisGirl said...

they're very cute.

Dave Lewis said...

Love those birds...and your photos too!

Steve Borichevsky said...

Love the lorikeets. Yah, blogging has been a long strange trip. I've had strangers walk up to me and ask, "Are you Steve?". The most unusual incident was when I was walking between buildings at work, no camera gear, in my business casual cloths, woman who was a passenger in a car rolled down her window and shouted "I love your blog!".

It is nice that folks get some happiness from our work.

Marie C said...

Sorry you have been sick. I'm getting over something still myself. My hubby was in the hospital with pneumonia and RSV this past week and came home today. Lots of sickness all around the globe!

Your lorikeets are just gorgeous! Beautiful photos and you'd never know you were fighting the wind!

Yes, it's so hard to lose a blogger friend. They aren't truly people we KNOW and yet we feel such connections! You're right, it leaves an empty place when someone dies.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Such cute little birds.

It is so sad to have these losses - brings us all closer I think.

Chandra@GreenComotion said...

In spite of the wind, your capture is brilliant - lovely photos of the beautiful Parrot, Stewart.
You are spot on - blogging and the bonds that develop, with people that you may never meet in person, is unusual, but that such is our emotional life. I have lost 3 blogging friends, since I started blogging, that I know of. Every one of them made me sad, though I am coming to terms with the one event with a certain probability - certainty.
Thank you for hosting WBW!
Have a Happy Week ahead!
Peace :)

Liz said...

Fabulous shots of a bird I really want to see one day (other than in photos).
It was incredibly sad to hear of Tina & Tom's accident!

Pat Tillett said...

Those birds are gorgeous Stewart!
Your photos are also beautiful.

Rhodesia said...

Such beautiful birds. Get better soon. Diane

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I appreciate your hosting and your great posts even more than ever when I think of you doing all of it even when you're not feeling your best. Thank you. And I remain in awe of your backyard birds.

Blogging is a strange phenomenon ...like real-life friendships, what can enhance our lives can also bring sorrow.

photodoug said...

Stewart, colorful birds. Thanks for sharing. Take care and recover soon.

NatureFootstep said...

so very beautiful Lorikeets and so hard to spot in the trees.

I agree with you. It seems important to keep in touch. But I am still happy I know what happened. Sometimes people just disappear and you know it was a flood or anything in the area.

NatureFootstep said...

forgot to say thanks for the ID of my two birds :)

Findlay Wilde said...

Those Lorikeets are so colourful. Sorry to hear about your blogging friends passing away.

mick said...

Nice photos of the Lorikeets. It always astonishes me how a bird as bright as those can just disappear into the leaves and be so hard to see.

June Caedmon said...

I don't know if I would ever get used to seeing parrots in the wild - I would love it though! Great shots, especially considering the conditions! I hope you are much better.

Marcia said...

Those are lovely birds. Hope you feel better soon.

CountryMum said...

Beautiful captures. Lorikeets are such vibrantly colourful birds.

I do agree with your sentiments on blogging friends. I too was greatly saddened about the loss that the blogging community has felt this week. We have not met but there is a great on-line connection with so many amongst us.

pattisjarrett said...

You have the most colorful birds over there! I would find it difficult to pay attention to tennis (or anything else, for that matter) knowing there were birds about! Did the gale-force winds affect the game? I can't imagine that was very comfortable spectating.

Linda said...

Such a colorful bird!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Beautiful .. Have a good weekend

edenhills said...

It has been a rough week in the blogging community. I do greatly enjoy visiting here; although, I get horribly behind. These are lovely images. You'd never guess the weather was perfect for them.