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Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet
Photo Information
Copyright: Colin McQueen (McQueenca) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 131 W: 11 N: 226] (1387)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-01-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon EF 300 1:2.8 L IS II USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1600 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2013-01-19 20:27
Viewed: 3306
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo was taken in Redcliffe, Queensland from a second level balcony. Conditions were bright sun. The problem was the birds would only come in early to mid afternoon to feed. Shadows were harsh. The tree that they fed from is called a Umbrella tree. I have added a photo of the tree in workshop. This photo was cropped and lightened.

Rainbow Lorikeet
Trichoglossus haematodus

Rainbow Lorikeets are widespread in eastern and northern Australia, and also around Perth. Separated from their natural range by thousands of kilometres, the feral Rainbow Lorikeets of Perth had become established by the late 1960s. In the 1980s, the population expanded. The problem with Rainbow Lorikeets in Perth is that they are aggressive around nesting hollows, preventing native birds from nesting. They have even been recorded dragging the nestlings of Australian Ringnecks from hollows and dropping them onto the ground, then occupying the hollow themselves.


The Rainbow Lorikeet is unmistakable with its bright red beak and colourful plumage. Both sexes look alike, with a blue (mauve) head and belly, green wings, tail and back, and an orange/yellow breast. They are often seen in loud and fast-moving flocks, or in communal roosts at dusk.

Similar Species

Rainbow Lorikeets are such colourful parrots that it is hard to mistake them for other species. The related Scaly-breasted Lorikeet is similar in size and shape, but can be distinguished by its all-green head and body.


The Rainbow Lorikeet occurs in coastal regions across northern and eastern Australia, with a local population in Perth (Western Australia), initiated from aviary releases.


The Rainbow Lorikeet is found in a wide range of treed habitats including rainforest and woodlands, as well as in well-treed urban areas.


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 eggs.

Source : www.birdlife.org.au

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-01-19 21:15]

Hello Neighbor,
What can one say about an image like this except Sensational!!! The colors in it's plumage are absolutely gorgeous and you have captured it perfectly. Love everything about this shot from the detail to the exposure!! I can only imagine the thrill it must be to view a group of these beautiful birds while inflight.

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  • deons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 55] (595)
  • [2013-01-19 21:34]

Hi Colin
A very beautiful and sharp photo of the Lorikeet.
The colors are amazing.
Well done!

Amazing subject and great photo Colin! Very good composition, fantastic colours and impressive sharpness.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-01-19 23:24]

Hello Colin.
A great shot - good composition and POV with good colour, lighting and superb detail. Well observed and captured.Regards Siggi

Hello Colin
Excellent photo, good point of view, very good detail and light. Nice pose. A beautiful bird, very good to see.
regards yiannis

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-01-20 1:36]

Hi Colin,a correct use of flash to have the best colors in this difficult light,a magnificent specie and a great capture whit the best details,very nice composition too,i like the large view of the WS too.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hi Colin,
what a nice bird. Really colourful. Amazing composition. Perfect point of view.
Have a nice Sunday,

Hello Colin,
The main attraction of this picture is it's colour,POV and the pose of the bird.Well done.
Kind regards,

Ciao Colin.
Splendido esemplare di Lorichetto arcobaleno,sembra proprio un arcobaleno meravigliosi colori,ed un’eccellente nitidezza con ottimi dettagli,mi piace molto la composizione,molto bella.
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.


Ciao Colin, great capture of lovely bird with fantastic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-01-20 3:36]

Hello Colin,
Excellent photo of this Rainbow Lorikeet in very beautiful colours and great sharpness. Nice timing and choice of composition.

Hallo Colin
Now this is really a special image, not just because of the beautiful Rainbow Lorikeet, but also because of the most pleasant setting. The details are great and the colours beautiful. What a beauty!" Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2013-01-20 4:46]

Hello Colin,
A top shot of the Rainbow Parakeet in a pleasing composition showing in sharp detail both the parakeet and the Umbrella tree flower on which it is feeding.
We saw a similar sight at Daintree, with several on the same spray of flowers but did not get close enough to get as fine a shot as this.
Great work!
Thanks and best regards,

hello Colin
very nice picture to see this eating from the tree
great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Colin,
An amazing capture my friend,outstanding details and wonderful colours display.
TFS and my regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-01-21 0:00]

Hello Colin
exciting view in wonderful colors.
such a pretty bird seen eating fruits. the natural beauty is presented well.
This bird is so pleasant, and the favourite of many people.


Hello Colin

Excellent close-up of the Rainbow Lorikeet with
its many lovely color tones, beautiful light,
excellent focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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