They dash form tree to tree with wings blurred in rapid flight, they call from tree tops, phone wires and from within the leafy depth of garden bushes. They are a relatively recent addition to the everyday bird life of Melbourne. 20 or 30 years ago they would have been an unusual sight - most of the mature trees in suburban melbourne at that time were not native, and did not give these nectar sippers the food they needed.
But a trend towards the planting of native trees changed all that, and as the rapidly growing gum trees came into flower the Rainbow Lorikeets moved in.
I'll skip my normal meander through the taxonomic backwater this week and just let you look at these wonderful birds.
Now its your turn - and in case you wondered I will now keep the WBW link open until mid-day Saturday my time!
Off you go!