Somewhere over the Rainbow, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Rainbow appearance @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Rainbow appearance @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Rainbow Lorikeets got their name for apparent reasons. They do come across as a rainbow often, not only with their spectral display.

Unmissable @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Unmissable @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I just can’t bypass any photo opportunity with these outstanding colours.

Painting composition @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Painting composition @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

No painter could have formulated a more vibrant colour selection. These photos look great in painted settings.

Grumpy bird @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Grumpy bird @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

No matter how grumpy granddad is. It isn’t only about these inquisitive parrots and their acrobatics, but also about their nutrition selection.

Colour bonanza @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Colour bonanza @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Any preferable feeding ground will hold at least one of their feathery colours.

Brilliant colours @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Brilliant colours @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

How about this bright-red flower?

Bees, birds, blossoms @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Bees, birds, blossoms @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Blossoming Gum Trees seem to maintain a good amount of nectar.

Sinta Claas @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Sinta Claas @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Blooming over the summer season, they really do add a Christmas feel all around. Charming.

Stalking the grass @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Stalking the grass @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Grass seeds are a more substantial food source.

Neighbours check-up @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Neighbours check-up @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

It’s a wonderful opportunity to chat with the neighbours. ‘Some nice lady hands out bread crumbs every afternoon’.

Easy feed @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Easy feed @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Some swarms return to human pre-fed areas daily.

Just walking by! @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Just walking by! @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

But may risk getting photo-bombed. Seeds and nuts would be a more sensible selection.

One good look @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

One good look @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

But this feeding frenzy gave me a closer look at their behaviour.

Up-close @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Up-close @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Quite close.

Caring and sharing @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Caring and sharing @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Even though loudly chirped within the flock, there certainly is a caring factor. A sunny day and approximate distance to the lorikeets provided me with close-up colours.

Feather view @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Feather view @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

An insider view on their fine-line streaming feathers so to speak.

Back view @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Back view @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The bird’s comb-like feathers reduce noise whilst flying. But that also means they need to flap their wings more.

You shall believe @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

You shall believe @ Hat Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Believe me!

Wild flowers @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Wild flowers @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Some tree flowers look impressive as they are already.

Fairy floss on a stick @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Fairy floss on a stick @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

These small blossoms are clustered together on a branch like ‘fairy floss on a stick’.

Fairy floss on a stick to the end @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Fairy floss on a stick to the end @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

All the way to the end.

Lorikeet in a candy store @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Lorikeet in a candy store @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

And then back again. These lorikeets had their own little candy store.

Happy shopper @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Happy shopper @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Their joy was hard to miss. A few dozen chirpy birds occupied these caramel sticks, all of them hyperactive. Each had their own candy stick and style.

That’s my candy stick! @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

That’s my candy stick! @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Unless uninvited friends came around.

Not happy with intruders @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Not happy with intruders @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Why do they ponder on this twig, I wonder?

A stick behind @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A stick behind @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

But there’s plenty to go-around and one takes willingly the branch behind.

Sharing is caring @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Sharing is caring @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Some dinner guests were more affectionate.

Happy faces @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Happy faces @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Happy faces! Nice!

Lego shadows @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Lego shadows @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The perfect shadow pattern of these bouquets shows brilliantly on this lorikeet. Virtually like Lego!

Dwarf family @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Dwarf family @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A whole family appears on this bird’s saddle.

Having many flower sticks pointing in different directions, this tree creates its own colour spectrum.

Green impressions @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Green impressions @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The deep green leaves leave an impression on its own. A colourful bird amongst it is even better.

Aperture and focal point @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Aperture and focal point @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Aperture comes in to play particularly well.

Photography play with aperture @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Photography play with aperture @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

One needs to focus well, but it’s just as much fun to change the focal point.

Conspicuous blend @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Conspicuous blend @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Within this colourful environment, the lorikeet’s ability to blend in is quite conspicuous.

Blue sky @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Blue sky @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Even against the blue sky.

Beacon like @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Beacon like @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

And other times, that same head sticks out like a beacon.

Early morning update @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Early morning update @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Lorikeets mate for life and they are exceedingly engaging. Early morning news seems to be discussed frequently.

Where were you last night? @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Where were you last night? @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Or possibly last night’s mischievous antics?

I had a few drinks with friends! @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I had a few drinks with friends! @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

It came off as a touchy subject nonetheless.

Frustrating! @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Frustrating! @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The topic was noted by the neighbours a twig above. A parrot puppet-show.

Same story every morning @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Same story every morning @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Waldorf and Statler couldn’t believe what they were hearing. I couldn’t complain, I was happy.

What’s the next move @ Coffs Harbour, Northern New South Wales, Australia

What’s the next move @ Coffs Harbour, Northern New South Wales, Australia

But lorikeets don’t remain still for long. They are constantly on the move.

This one looks yummy too @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This one looks yummy too @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

There is always a tastier flower around. Some of these moves are gymnastic style.

Acrobatics @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Acrobatics @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The overhead-stand grip surely is common practice. Feeding within treetops requires acrobatic skills. Each one had their own method.

Stability @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Stability @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Good food work is essentially necessary.

Sturdy @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Sturdy @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A sturdy grip on the branch is secured effortlessly.

Different view @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Different view @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

And a different point of view is presented. They know how to use their beak sufficiently.

Flexibility is the key @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Flexibility is the key @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

It shows how flexible these birds really are.

Tongue licking good @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Tongue licking good @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

As long as the slithery tongue can reach the sweet spot, that’s all that matters.

Underbody view @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Underbody view @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

How colourful these birds actually are is best seen from underneath in flight mode. Their wings shine in rainbow colours. Very fast rainbows. That is rarely accomplished.

A rare success @ Coffs Harbour, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A rare success @ Coffs Harbour, Northern New South Wales, Australia

These parrots shoot through parks and suburbia with high velocity. They need to, otherwise, gravity will create friction on the ground. Comparing their wingspan to their body weight, Mother Nature gave Rainbow Lorikeets the fast-flap option. Nectar fuels their engines.

Random @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Random @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Their take-off moment randomly chosen, it’s incredibly hard to capture that split-second moment. But I will keep trying.

An indication on colours @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

An indication on colours @ Lismore, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Until then, I will be happy with underbelly feeding photos. 

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