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Photographed from a distance of about six or seven metres, at Batemans Bay, New South Wales,
Australia
, in early morning light, against a background of still dark and shaded trees.

More of my colourful visitors can be seen at the following locations
April Showers
After the Bath
The Daily Bath
Those darn wires!
♥ The Two of Us ♥
Lorikeets Bathing
Plenty to Smile About !
That’s MY Coconut Ice!
“I love hanging out among the Banksias.”

Rainbow Lorikeet, Trichoglossus haematodus 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, as well as a local population
in Perth (Western Australia), initiated from aviary releases. They are found in a wide range of treed habitats which
includes 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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avian, bird, bright, colourful, rainbow colours, rainbow lorikeet, fivefeatures

I love the endless photographic opportunities provided by world around me, from the abundance of nature in my own backyard to historic and scenic worldwide destinations.
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Comments

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 2 years ago

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 2 years ago

  • claireh
    clairehover 2 years ago

    Beautiful Trish…I love rainbow lorikeets…they are so iconically Australian to me, and you have captured this one in such vivid detail. I love the clarity and the colour…it’s just spot on. :))

  • Claire, thank you very much for viewing this image, as well as for your lovely comments and fave ! They are among my favourite little time-wasters as I watch their antics :)

    – Trish Meyer

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 2 years ago

    What a pretty one this is Trish

  • Thank you very much ! I think it knows it’s a beauty :)

    – Trish Meyer

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 2 years ago

    so beautiful

  • Kathy, thank you very much !

    – Trish Meyer

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 2 years ago

    Oh Trish, this is a Masterpiece!
    Fantastic capture. Christmas colors on a bird.

  • Thanks so much Ann for your most enthusiastic comments and fave !
    These are one of my favourite visiting native birds :)

    – Trish Meyer

  • Bob Wall
    Bob Wallover 2 years ago

    Outstanding shot Trish.

  • Bob, I appreciate your “outstanding” wrap and fave of this image, thank you !

    – Trish Meyer

  • vigor
    vigorover 2 years ago

    Beautiful job on a beautiful bird!!

  • Thank you very much Viv for your beautiful comments and fave !

    – Trish Meyer

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsover 2 years ago

    Great colours & angle Trish. I love those birds.

  • Michael, thank you very much ! They are one of my favourite visitors :)

    – Trish Meyer

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52over 2 years ago

    Great capture of this pretty bird Trish, their colors are stunning.

    Cheers Jude x

  • Thanks very much Jude for your lovely comments on this image !

    – Trish Meyer

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