Birds Of A Different Feather

The Sunday morning sleep in – How good is it ?

I didn’t get mine this week. I was awoken by a different bird sound.

This time of year the palm pods open, and these are a magnet for the Lorikeets and honey eating birds.We have number of these trees and the neighbour has a Grevillea right next to one of our trees. A smorgasbord for birds !

What was different yesterday, was the higher pitch of the Lorikeet screeching and the number of screechers.

This is what I was confronted with.

Pair of Lorikeets Feeding

These are Scaly Breasted Lorikeets Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus ,a smaller variety of Lorikeet and the first time I have seen them in this area.

Our normal Lorikeet Visitors are the Rainbow Lorikeet Trichoglossus haematodus 

The Usual suspect

The Usual suspect

These birds are very territorial and while they look cute and colourful , when it comes to food sources, they carry on like seagulls with French Fries.The only reason the Rainbows gave some ground ,was because they were outnumbered 20 to 1.

Scaly Breasted Lorikeet

Scaly Breasted Lorikeet

The Scaly breasted would go over to the palm – get pushed aside by the two Rainbow Lorikeets, retreat to the Grevillea – then jump back on the palm.

Back in the canteen line!

Back in the canteen line!

These were fairly difficult shots to achieve. While the tree was close by I could only get to it from one side and that was shooting into the sun.

Feeding on the Palm

Feeding on the Palm

While I like using the Olympus with Live view, it really can’t keep up with the DSLR Canon for this type of work.

Canon 600D, 120-400 Sigma Lens (800 ISO, F8,1/320 with +1 exposure compensation) Processed in Lightroom 5

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