A few weeks ago, as I walked to the train, I noticed a group of Rainbow Lorikeets in the trees near the station. The next day I took my camera - confident that the birds would not be there. But they were, so I stopped to take some pictures - and (surprise, surprise) I missed my train! Oh well!
The Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus heamatodus) is about 25 - 32cm long and is insanely brightly coloured! The genus name makes reference to the birds hairy tongue that is used to lap nectar from flowers.
(Interestingly, that classic Australia the Echidna has a genus name with the same origin - Tachyglossus - which means fast tongue)
Lot that long ago, these birds were not common in suburban Melbourne. But now, possibly due to the presence of now mature street trees, they are rather common. Common, but rather splendid!
Now it's over to you. A special plea now that the link widget has changed - could you limit the text that comes with the thumbnail to a name and a location (i.e. Stewart M, Australia or Fred Flintstone, AZ). At present the widget automatically puts in 40 characters of the URL as the label and it can look a bit of a mess!
Click on the link and off you go.