Rainbow Lorikeets II by Tom Newman

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Two Rainbow Lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus ) cooling down in my birdbath in 40Degrees C ( 100+ F). Frankston South, Australia. 30/01/2009
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.
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 egg
Nikon D300; Lens 80-400 mm Nikkor ED VR
400mm, 1/350s, f/5.6, ISO: 800
434 V 18/02/10


australia, birds, rainbow, frankston, tom, lorikeets, parrots, haematodus, newman, trichoglossusn, 1000

I began my photographic hobby at the age of 12, developing and printing 120, 620 &35mm B&W, forever learning and refining the fascinating art of photography. Now at 78 I still continue with increased enjoyment using digital medium – and still learning.
My favourite places for photography are the Melbourne Zoos . These are the Melbourne Zoo , the Healesville Sanctuary and the Werribee Open Range Zoo.
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  • Rick Playle
    Rick Playleover 5 years ago

    very nice job Tom , well taken cheers rick

  • Thanks justrick :-)

    – Tom Newman

  • Qba from Poland
    Qba from Polandover 5 years ago

    Very nice capture. Like the color tones.

  • Thank you Qba from Poland, such a long way from Australia , thanks for your generous comments :-)

    – Tom Newman

  • margotk
    margotkover 5 years ago

    OMG – superb work Tom – very beautiful indeed.

  • Thank you Margot K, very generous comments much appreciated ;-)

    – Tom Newman

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyover 5 years ago

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOM !!! x what a perfect capture of these beauties !

  • Thanks Lu, but actually it is not my birthday today ( I double checked in my diary ) lol . But I decided to celebrate anyway, any excuse will do . Very nice of you to think of me :-) :-)

    – Tom Newman

  • Larry Llewellyn
    Larry Llewellynover 5 years ago

    Just priceless!To Keep cool look at my winter submissions~ fivelles!

  • Thanks Larry , I looked, great shots, and I am now much cooler LoL :-)

    – Tom Newman

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 5 years ago

    A wonderful image – such beautiful birds!!!!!

  • Thanks Lorilee from Iowa :-)

    – Tom Newman

  • Kathryn Potempski
    Kathryn Potempskiover 5 years ago

    Wow Tom this is a beautiful image wonderful detail and colour well done lovely Lorikeets

    Happy Birthday I hope you have a splendid day my friend

  • Thanks Kathryn . lorikeets are fantastic birds we are so lucky to have them in our neck of the woods. . Thanks for the Birthday wishes a very nice thought (although it is actually not my birthday ) It is indeed a splendid day though with the temperature dropping lol , I am sure you will agree , I hope you did not have to attend any photo shoots out in this heat :-) :-)

    – Tom Newman

  • Kathryn Potempski
    Kathryn Potempskiover 5 years ago

    Well lets pretend anyway,No I am trying to do a still life I am finding it very hard ! gives me something to do indoors as we have air con.
    cheers :-)

  • Trevor Needham
    Trevor Needhamover 5 years ago

    Beautiful intimate shot, Tom. These are among my favourite birds, despite the racket they make!

  • Tom Newman
    Tom Newmanover 5 years ago

    Thanks Trevor , they are noisy little characters for sure and with them I have the Noisy Miners adding to the chorus Great :-)

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