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Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 400, Hoya UV 77mm
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-09-04 2:29
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Rainbow Lorikeet

Scientific name: Trichoglossus haematodus
Family: Psittacidae
Order: Psittaciformes

Description: 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.
Where does it live?

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

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

Largely sedentary with some nomadic movements in response to seasonal flowering or fruiting of plants.
What does it do?

Feeding: 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.

Breeding: 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.

The above obtained from birdsinbackyards.net


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 11:45 p.m.
Date: 20th August 2006
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/200
F-Stop: F/8
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 400
Support: Hand Held
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Quel oeil !
Bonne journée

G'day Pam!
Beautifull bird!
This lorikeet has beautifull colors, I saw it during my trip in Australia 5 years ago.
The details in this pic are amazing expecially in the eye.
Good blurred BG and info notes.


Hi Pam,
An amazing bird portrait again. You have done it very well. All details are very crisp, clean and sharp. Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
With my best wishes,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-09-04 4:02]

Hello Pam,
So very colorful, and the colors are so well rendered!
Great POV of this beautiful bird captured with sharp details and perfect exposure. A fantastic portrait.
TFS. : )

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-09-04 4:31]

Hi Pam,

This is a very colorful guy. Sharp and natural colors. I like the way you managed the background.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-04 5:34]

Hi Pam

Another splendid portrait today (along the snake, lion and hawk) all equaly splendid...as i said to Dean...what a day! :)
Supeb colors, excellent sharpness, great exposure management, taken from a very good POV and with a great DOF, all is very nicely framed and composed.

Bravo and TFS

Beautiful colours. Good focus.
Outstanding presentation.
Well done

fantasic head, Pam.
the quality of this one is great. the details are super, the pov is fantastic and the light is marvelous, well done.
gr. jaap

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-09-04 7:00]

Hello Pam,
This is a super portrait of the Rainbow Lorikeet, even though he didn't wash his face before you took the shot! Really sharp and great BG.
I have seen flocks of them nearly evey day of the four weeks I was in Australia, even in central Sydney, but I'm not pleased with my pictures of it.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-09-04 7:28]

What can I say ? Because everything is great in this shot ! I am impressed by the beauty of the feathers.
Congratulations Pam and thanks for sharing.

Note : these days I am busy because of the mushrooms in bloom ;-)

Hello Pam,
What a beautiful it is! The colours are great and you took it with spot on sharpness, great pov and wonderful framing!!! Like the dark bg a lot also!
Bravo and TFS!

Hi Pam,

Great shot! Fantastic colours and detail, lovely use of shallow DOF, one question - I'm no parrokeet expert, what IS that curly thing above the beak?! Just a twig?

TFS, Doug

hi pam
les couleurs sont eclatantes et les details dans les plumages extras,le tout avec une bonne lumiere.
bien vu

Hello Pam,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
superb colours, lighting and exposure. Well composed.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-09-04 17:04]

Hi Pam, excellent shot. Great POV, beautiful colours and excellent details. Good control over the DOF and the difficult exposure is very well handled. Great work, well done and TFS.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-09-04 22:44]

Hello Pam

Amazing rainbow of colours.Excellent DOF and POV .The clarity is awesome.A wonderful portrait.TFS


Une image splendide avec des couleurs fantastiques.une photo parfaite!

I had to go to the zoo to shoot my Lorikeet! These are native to your land too isn't? Good capture. Nice isolation and well composed notes. RAW format sure does keep a lot of detail! Nice work,

Hello Pam,
This is just outstanding..
Excellent use of ambient light with rich natural colors & great DOF. Perfect POV and framing in your profile portrait as well. Very sharp & detailed, nice BG.
Very well done!

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2006-09-13 18:06]

Hi Pam, Very clear close-up of this brightly coloured bird. Looks very good to see such detail. Murray.

Hello Pam,
A lovely bird. Amazing colors combination. Composition, pov, dof, exposure are great. Very well done and TFS.

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