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Before the temperature climbed into the 40C’s these Rainbow Lorikeets were doing what they do each day, taking turns hopping in and out of the water for a good soak. They are so amusing and entertaining to watch.

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Rainbow Lorikeet, Trichoglossus haematodus

The Rainbow Lorikeet is unmistakable with its bright red beak and colourful plumage. Both sexes look alike, with a blue (mauve) head and belly, green wings, tail and back, and an orange/yellow breast. They are often seen in loud and fast-moving flocks, or in communal roosts at dusk.
The Rainbow Lorikeet occurs in coastal regions across northern and eastern Australia, with a local population in Perth (Western Australia), initiated from aviary releases. They are found in a wide range of treed habitats including rainforest and woodlands, as well as in well-treed urban areas and are largely sedentary with some nomadic movements in response to seasonal flowering or fruiting of plants.
The Rainbow Lorikeet mostly forages on the flowers of shrubs or trees to harvest nectar and pollen, but also eats fruits, seeds and some insects. They appear to have benefited from artificial feeding stations and prolific-fruiting and flowering trees and shrubs in urban gardens. They have acclimatised well to urbanisation and are commonly encountered in well-treed suburbs.
The eggs of the Rainbow Lorikeet are laid on chewed, decayed wood, usually in a hollow limb of a eucalypt tree. Both sexes prepare the nest cavity and feed the young, but only the female incubates the eggs.

Edited from Australian Museum’s “Birds in Backyards” website.


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  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...over 4 years ago

    you have such a wonderful series here:))))) this is so sweet and so well captured:)

  • Thanks so much Tereza. These lovely birds and all their family are the source of much visual pleasure for us on a daily basis. Trish.

    – Trish Meyer

  • Kerry  Hill
    Kerry Hillover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture of these beautiful birds Trish, great work!

  • Thanks for your lovely comments Kerry. Much appreciated. Trish.

    – Trish Meyer

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsover 4 years ago

    Great shot Trish. I like the pose of the bird in the bath. The colours of these birds amaze me. I had one land on the ledge right near my window the other day but unfortunately I had the telephoto lens on to catch the ones further away & couldn’t see it through the lens !

  • Thanks Michael. They are a constant source of enjoyment and amusement for us, in the trees and bushes as well as in and out of the water. They love to get right in and usually take it in turns to have a good splash. Focus can be a bit of a problem with fast moving subjects. If you are able to put out some water in a suitable container, they will soon discover it and spread the word to their friends :)

    – Trish Meyer

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 4 years ago

    haha great timing and capture, looks like they enjoy that !!

  • Trudi, thanks so much. They certainly seem to love their bath and usually come in pairs taking turns until the water is almost exhausted. (then I fill it up again!) :)

    – Trish Meyer

  • John44
    John44over 4 years ago

    Beautiful composition

  • Thanks so much for dropping by with your lovely comments John. These little guys are a constant source of entertainment. Trish.

    – Trish Meyer

  • Shane Viper
    Shane Viperover 4 years ago

    Very cool shot of these mischievous little characters, well done Trish

  • Shane, thanks so much for your comments. Even these guys were less energetic on that very hot day and didn’t empty the “bath” as they usually do.

    – Trish Meyer

  • Judy Grant
    Judy Grantover 4 years ago

    What beautiful birds !!! lucky you ! :) great shot !

  • Thanks so much Judy. They are a constant source of enjoyment and amusement for us, in the trees and bushes as well as in and out of the water. They love to get right in and usually take it in turns to have a good splash.

    – Trish Meyer

  • Marcia Luly
    Marcia Lulyover 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot full of interest and colour…wishing you a Merry Christmas!

  • Thank you Marcia, for your comments and Christmas wishes. Hope you and yours enjoy the festive season. Trish.

    – Trish Meyer

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 4 years ago

  • What a thrill to have these entertaining little creatures featured in the Backyard Photography Group. Thank you !!

    – Trish Meyer

  • Lilian Marshall
    Lilian Marshallover 4 years ago

    I would be supplying water all day to get pictures like these . Great image beautiful colours

  • They are most entertaining to watch and must be among the cleanest judging by the amount of water they get through. Your lovely comments are most welcome as always. Trish.

    – Trish Meyer

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