Photographer's Note

Today I have a different type of picture for you. No rule of thirds but a simple centered image. No B&W but plenty of colour. No human presence but an Australian native bird.

Bird watching in Australia is a very important activity for many locals and tourists. And, there are hundreds of different birds all over the country.

The picture shows a Rainbow Lorikeet which is widely distributed along the coastal strip from Cape York south to Victoria and into South Australia. The preferred habitat is coastal forests as well as urban gardens. And noisy flocks of up to several hundred may congregate in flowering trees to feed and roost. Curiously, the same trees can be visit two or three months later when its pods open and expose the seeds. Breeding in the wild is from September to January.

The Rainbow is a popular pet bird in Australia, with probably several thousand being sold each year. A mature bird in Queensland will sell for around A$90, with a hand raised bird being about A$125.

The town where I live, Redcliffe, is just one of those places where they are by the thousands. And at sunset they come in huge numbers to the tall gum trees to spend the night.

The photo I am posting today was taken at sunset and the lorikeet was having a last meal before going to sleep on a nearby eucalypt tree. The flowering tree is about 2m and I was standing less than 1.5m from the tree. They are very active and difficult to stay still for more than a couple seconds. I had the camera set on high speed continuous shooting and I managed a few decent pictures. This is one of them.

The picture in WS shows the best “cheap hotels” (eucalypt trees) in town and you can also see the “restaurant” (small flowering tree) on the left foreground. It is just amazing to observe their arrival and listen to the noisy they make until they fell asleep after the dark sets in.

For more information on this beautiful bird please refer to

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Additional Photos by Antonio Ribeiro (ribeiroantonio) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4685 W: 455 N: 6473] (22730)
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