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Crimson Rosellas. Cedar Creek, Queensland, Australia. by Ralph de Zilva

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Nikon D700 & Nikkor 80-400mm lens
@ 400mm

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Island, Islands, Islands on 02.01.2013
The Birds on 21.12.2012

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.

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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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  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randallabout 2 years ago

    Featured – Friday 21 Dec 2012

    Beautiful Work!

  • Many thanks Steve for the feature. Much appreciated.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...about 2 years ago

    I love lorikeets! (You probably want to fix your title.) This is such a lovely, colorful pair!

  • Thanks so much Celeste for the comment and fave.
    Merry Christmas & a New Year of Health, Happiness and Prosperity.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Tracie Louise
    Tracie Louiseabout 2 years ago

    What a couple of cuties… great shot.

  • Thanks very much, Tracie.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineabout 2 years ago

    These two are bursting with personality! Wonderful shot, Ralph!

  • Thanks very much, Bette for the great comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Margaret Stanton
    Margaret Stantonabout 2 years ago

    Lovely capture, every morning lately out entire backyard is a buzz with Lorries.
    Instant fave.

  • Thank you so much for your lovely comment and fave.
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Arfan Habib
    Arfan Habibabout 2 years ago

    Excellent capture mate!

  • Many thanks for your comment and fave, Arfan.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Vitta
    Vittaabout 2 years ago


  • Thank you so much, Vitta for the feature.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteabout 2 years ago

    Superbly captured Ralph.

  • Thanks so much Julie for your comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Sandra Fortier
    Sandra Fortierabout 2 years ago

    How lovely to see this photo. Wonderful capture and interesting information.

  • Thanks very much, Sandra for the wonderful comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesabout 2 years ago

    Gorgeous light, color, comp and pose! Wow!

  • Thanks a lo,t Angie for your lovely comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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