Monday, 19 September 2016

Scaled down

The spotted gums, Eucalyptus maculata, opposite our deck are heavy with blossom and the mistletoe is also in flower so the honeyeaters and the lorikeets were very active feeding this morning. The rainbow lorikeets, the largest of the family are very prevalent in the area and we regularly see them feeding on the flowers in the garden. The three other species of lorikeets in the area are generally seen flying rapidly from tree top to tree top to feed on the highest blossoms but today a few Scaly-breasted Lorikeets, Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus, were tempted by the mistletoe flowers lower down and stayed long enough for a couple of photos.

 Apart fron the yellow "scales" on the breast the bright green colouring only gives way to another colour when the under wing bright orange is seen in flight.


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