Colours are the smiles of nature….

Colours are the smiles of nature ~ Leigh Hunt

And when it comes to colourful birds there aren’t many, if any, in my area that can beat a Rainbow Lorikeet. They are a gregarious species that have become the main parrot of the Melbourne Suburbs. Not that many years ago they were found  further out in the country-side but the last big 12 year drought ended a few years ago and the result was an influx of birds and some decided to stay. The Rainbow Lorikeet has grown in numbers and now can be found in most areas. Even with all the colours, excitable chatter and feeding noises,  once they are quiet and sitting in a gum they are invisible. Their colours are rich underneath but from above are an almost uniform green: good for camouflage and hiding from raptors.

I found this pair in a road side Conifer along St Kilda/Elwood beach grooming and just enjoying themselves on a warm Autumn afternoon.

Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet – every nook and cranny is colourful

Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet with something to say

Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet – I think this is called photo bombing…

Rainbow Lorikeet

This is the end Beautiful friend, this is the end my friend (but a colourful rear end)



3 responses to “Colours are the smiles of nature….

  1. Wow! Fabulous captures of a truly incredible bird! 🙂


  2. Pingback: The White-browed Scrubwrens of Point Ormond | The Gap Year and Beyond

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