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Rainbow Lorikeet. Cedar Creek, Queensland, Australia. by Ralph de Zilva

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Nikon D700 & Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G lens + Nikon TC 1.4X Teleconverter
@ 420mm

Top Ten in the Quality Unlimited Photography challenge “Magnificent Birds” on 16.11.2012

Featured in
Amateur Photographers Association on 04.11.2012
The Group on 08.06.2012
South East Queensland on 08.06.2012
The Birds on 02.06.2012
Retired And Happy on 01.06.2012
Nature In Its Entirety on 31.05.2012
Picture With The Wow Factor on 31.05.2012
The Best Of Anything And Everything on 30.05.2012
Hometown Photography on 30.05.2012

The Rainbow Lorikeet, is a species of Australasian parrot found in Australia, eastern Indonesia (Maluku and Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. In Australia, it is common along the eastern seaboard, from Queensland to South Australia and northwest Tasmania. Its habitat is rainforest, coastal bush and woodland areas. Several taxa traditionally listed as subspecies of the Rainbow Lorikeet are increasingly treated as separate species.

Rainbow Lorikeets often travel together in pairs and occasionally respond to calls to fly as a flock, then disperse again into pairs. Rainbow Lorikeet pairs defend their feeding and nesting areas aggressively against other Rainbow Lorikeets and other bird species. They chase off not only smaller birds such as the Noisy Miner, but also larger and more powerful birds such as the Australian Magpie.

In Australia, breeding usually occurs during spring (September to December), but can vary from region to region with changes in food availability and climate. Nesting sites are variable and can include hollows of tall trees such as eucalypts, palm trunks, or overhanging rock. One population in the Admiralty Islands nests in holes in the ground on predator-free islets. Pairs sometimes nest in the same tree with other Rainbow Lorikeet pairs, or other bird species. The clutch size is between one and three eggs, which are incubated for around 25 days. Incubation duties are carried out by the female alone.



I have always had a love of capturing images and in my early teens took many photographs on my little Kodak camera. I loved the wild open spaces and bird life in particular and longed to be able to be an accomplished photographer. It took ill health and a forced early retirement to re-kindle this love of photography. I am a self-taught amateur photographer who has had no formal training. I take great pride and joy in my work and these days have the time to pursue this wonderful hobby.

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  • Anna Ryan
    Anna Ryanover 2 years ago

    Stunning shot of an amazingly beautiful bird. Excellent work!

  • Thank you so much Anna for your lovely comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • yolanda
    yolandaover 2 years ago

    Fantastic capture of this beautiful bird :-)

  • Thank you very much Yolanda.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Alwyn Simple
    Alwyn Simpleover 2 years ago

    Great shot Ralph with great detail and lighting.

  • Thanks very much Alwyn for your visit and nice comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 2 years ago

    Wow.. Ralph what a beautiful capture, excellent work my friend.

  • Thank you very much Andrea for the lovely comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • TheaShutterbug
    TheaShutterbugover 2 years ago

    I have the same lorikeets on the same tree in my garden. But my photos are nothing like this. Stunning!!

  • I just commented on one of your lorikeets and I thought it was terrific. I think you are being a bit critical on yourself. Thanks Thea for your visit, wonderful comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Thanks Ray.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Kerry  Hill
    Kerry Hillover 2 years ago

    Fantastic work Ralph….a beautiful shot!

  • Thanks so much Kerry for your comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • virginian
    virginianover 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture.

  • Thank you Judy for the comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • laruecherie
    laruecherieover 2 years ago

    This is gorgeous. Love the colors.

  • Thank you so much for the feature, comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumover 2 years ago

    Congratulations, 30/5/2012…Shirley

  • Thank you very much Shirley for the feature. Greatly appreciated.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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