Rainbow Lorikeets got their name for apparent reasons. They do come across as a rainbow often, not only with their spectral display.
I just can’t bypass any photo opportunity with these outstanding colours.
No painter could have formulated a more vibrant colour selection. These photos look great in painted settings.
No matter how grumpy granddad is. It isn’t only about these inquisitive parrots and their acrobatics, but also about their nutrition selection.
Any preferable feeding ground will hold at least one of their feathery colours.
How about this bright-red flower?
Blossoming Gum Trees seem to maintain a good amount of nectar.
Blooming over the summer season, they really do add a Christmas feel all around. Charming.
Grass seeds are a more substantial food source.
It’s a wonderful opportunity to chat with the neighbours. ‘Some nice lady hands out bread crumbs every afternoon’.
Some swarms return to human pre-fed areas daily.
But may risk getting photo-bombed. Seeds and nuts would be a more sensible selection.
But this feeding frenzy gave me a closer look at their behaviour.
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.
An insider view on their fine-line streaming feathers so to speak.
The bird’s comb-like feathers reduce noise whilst flying. But that also means they need to flap their wings more.
Some tree flowers look impressive as they are already.
These small blossoms are clustered together on a branch like ‘fairy floss on a stick’.
All the way to the end.
And then back again. These lorikeets had their own little candy store.
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.
Unless uninvited friends came around.
Why do they ponder on this twig, I wonder?
But there’s plenty to go-around and one takes willingly the branch behind.
Some dinner guests were more affectionate.
Happy faces! Nice!
The perfect shadow pattern of these bouquets shows brilliantly on this lorikeet. Virtually like Lego!
A whole family appears on this bird’s saddle.
Having many flower sticks pointing in different directions, this tree creates its own colour spectrum.
The deep green leaves leave an impression on its own. A colourful bird amongst it is even better.
Aperture comes in to play particularly well.
One needs to focus well, but it’s just as much fun to change the focal point.
Within this colourful environment, the lorikeet’s ability to blend in is quite conspicuous.
Even against the blue sky.
And other times, that same head sticks out like a beacon.
Lorikeets mate for life and they are exceedingly engaging. Early morning news seems to be discussed frequently.
Or possibly last night’s mischievous antics?
It came off as a touchy subject nonetheless.
The topic was noted by the neighbours a twig above. A parrot puppet-show.
Waldorf and Statler couldn’t believe what they were hearing. I couldn’t complain, I was happy.
But lorikeets don’t remain still for long. They are constantly on the move.
There is always a tastier flower around. Some of these moves are gymnastic style.
The overhead-stand grip surely is common practice. Feeding within treetops requires acrobatic skills. Each one had their own method.
Good food work is essentially necessary.
A sturdy grip on the branch is secured effortlessly.
And a different point of view is presented. They know how to use their beak sufficiently.
It shows how flexible these birds really are.
As long as the slithery tongue can reach the sweet spot, that’s all that matters.
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.
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.
Their take-off moment randomly chosen, it’s incredibly hard to capture that split-second moment. But I will keep trying.
Until then, I will be happy with underbelly feeding photos.