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:

  1. Oh, what delightful shots!

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

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

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

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

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  6. stunningly beautiful birds. you captured them really well!

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  7. 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

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

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  9. A wonderful bird to see Stewart... so colourful

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  10. I do love your colorful birds, Stewart!!

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  11. Bright colored bird .lovley ,Nette

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  12. Wow- that is a gorgeous bird- nice capture!

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  13. What wonderful captures of this bright and beautiful bird!

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

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

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

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  17. 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!!!

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

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

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

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  21. 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!

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  22. 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.

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  23. Hi,
    Very nice colors ;-)
    Céline & Philippe

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  24. 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!!

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  25. just like a beautiful rainbow, what a delight!!

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

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

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  28. 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.

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

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  30. 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!

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  31. 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.

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  32. Australian birds are so colorful. Great shots!

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  33. What bright colorful birds! Beautiful!

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  34. 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

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

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

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  37. Stunning colours and great photos.

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  38. What an absolutely gorgeous bird!

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  39. 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..

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

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  41. 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

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

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

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

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