Backyard lorikeets #2

Rainbow Lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus)

The local flock of rainbow lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus) made a very rare visit to my backyard yesterday afternoon. Attracted by their hisses and screeches, I went outside to discover that they’d descended from the neighbour’s Jacaranda tree to perch on the Hills hoist and colorbond fence.

I turned right around and went back for the camera, hoping that they wouldn’t emulate last week’s sulphur-crested cockatoos and fly away as I replenished the batteries with excitedly shaking hands.

Delighted to find them still there when I re-emerged from the house, I approached to within five metres and took some photos to remember them by.

A splotch of bright and vivid colour on a wet and gloomy day

Rainbow lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus)

Rainbow lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus)

Rainbow lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus)

If only I’d focused on the leftmost bird before it started yawning …

Rainbow lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus)

Rainbow lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus)

Rainbow lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus)

Rainbow lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus)


Camera: Pentax K100D Super with Pentax DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED zoom lens. Ambient light (mid-afternoon) only. Overcast with rainy intervals. Cropping and resizing in Irfanview.

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