Rachel2

Rachel2

Posted on 09/06/2014


Photo taken on August 16, 2014

1/125 f/8.0 100.0 mm ISO 400

PENTAX K-5

smc PENTAX-D FA MACRO 100mm F2.8 WR


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bird
multicoloured
parrot
rainbow lorikeet
Australian


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I'm the boss

I'm the boss
Rainbow lorikeet, Trichoglossus haematodus, on Banksia robur, swamp Banksia after most of the flowers have opened.

In Australia, rainbow lorikeets are common along the eastern seaboard, from Queensland to South Australia and northwest Tasmania. They feed mainly on fruit, pollen and nectar, and possess a tongue adapted especially for their particular diet. Banksias are one type of plant that they gather nectar from.

I believe this is a male asserting his dominance by puffing out his chest and vocalising. The colouration of the two sexes is similar but the male has more orange-red on his chest than the femaie.

Rainbow lorikeet pairs defend their feeding and nesting areas aggressively against other rainbow lorikeets and other bird species. They chase off not only smaller birds such as the noisy miner, but also larger birds such as the Australian magpie and king parrot.

No 43 Project 100X: 2014 Topic: Natural History

forever is a long time, Aixa, Tess Mc Kenna, Jonathan Johannsen and 23 other people have particularly liked this photo


24 comments - The latest ones
Nora Caracci VERY BUSY
Nora Caracci VERY BU…
very beautiful coloured bird and great "expression" !!!
3 years ago.
Fizgig
Fizgig
Beautiful bird!! Excellent shot, too =)
3 years ago.
.t.a.o.n.
.t.a.o.n.
obviously - he is ! :-)
3 years ago.
annsofic
annsofic
Unbelievable colours... What a great capture!!
3 years ago.
juste de l'amour ou amélie
juste de l'amour ou…
MDRRR, trop mignon
3 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Brilliant capture.
3 years ago.
tiabunna
tiabunna
Beautifully captured, Rachel.
3 years ago.
Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda
Magnifique Rachel,une belle explosion de couleurs..!
3 years ago.
Eefje
Eefje
And a beautiful boss too:-)
3 years ago.
J-d Welch
J-d Welch
Great shot and info!! 8 )
3 years ago.
pajmcb
pajmcb
WOW!...Gorgeous!
Pretty colors!
3 years ago.
Janet Brien
Janet Brien
What a fabulous picture!!!! This guy reminds me of one of the birds in the Pixar short! SO CUTE!!! WHAT ATTITUDE!!! I will never forget how many of these Steve and I saw when we visited AU for our honeymoon. They are incredible birds. Outstanding photography!
3 years ago.
Dave Hilditch
Dave Hilditch
Beautiful work, Rachel. The colours are lovely and what a great little bird.
3 years ago.
Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿
Christiane ♥.•*¨`*•✿
(:o))))
Oh ! How Iove this one ! ******
3 years ago.
Elene
Elene
What a beautiful moment Rachel *
3 years ago.
Judith Jannetta
Judith Jannetta
You captured a great moment, Wonderful colour and detail
3 years ago.
Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨*
Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨*
fabuleux mon amie******************
3 years ago.
Misou 49
Misou 49
De toute beauté !
3 years ago.
Joan+
Joan+
"Now see here, Rachel..."

Wonderful moment to capture. Your delightfully coloured birds must be an endless source of interest...
3 years ago.
Graham Chance
Graham Chance
Superb capture Rachel. Lovely colours and excellent depth of field.
3 years ago.
Chantal HILLENVECK dite Chalâme
Chantal HILLENVECK d…
Il dit quoi ce bien beau ? Vous avez la traduction ??
3 years ago.
Tadeusz Tale
Tadeusz Tale
Lovely!!!!!!!! Polish SIX!!!!!! 6****** To my fav.
3 years ago.
Jonathan Johannsen
Jonathan Johannsen
Beautiful bird! I like how it looks like it has a menacing facial expression.
3 years ago.
Tess Mc Kenna
Tess Mc Kenna
Outstanding shot of this beautiful Parrot Great details and DOF. Perfect perch and pose. Well done Rachel Regards Tess.
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3 years ago.