I was browsing through my photos of Bowraville on the mid-north coast of Australia and thought for something different I’d post the various pics I took of these lovely little members of the parrot family.
We first came across rainbow lorikeets when we lived up Mt French in Boonah, south-east Queensland, in the hinterland behind the Gold Coast and close to the border with New South Wales. One morning a flock of brightly-coloured birds flew in and started feeding on our bottlebrush and grevillea flowers. We had no idea what these birds were but the noise they made was raucous and deafening. Once they’d had a good feed, they all flew off and we never saw them again up Mt French, a bit too high for them. But when we moved down into the centre of Boonah, these birds were literally like flying mice. Flocks of them would swoop around, yelling their heads off, but also looking absolutely beautiful with their multi-coloured feathers.
I wasn’t into taking photos too much in Boonah, these were the pre-digital days, but when we lived in Bowraville, I used to love watching the rainbow lorikeets feeding on the various plants in our garden. Next door was a really tall tree which we called the trumpet tree as it had long, white, trumpet-shaped flowers which would hang down, then fall gracefully to the floor. At night the tree would be alive with the lorikeets fluttering all over the place and squawking their heads off. We had to be careful walking out onto the front verandah as the lorikeets would whizz through the length of the verandah at top speed and we didn’t want to collect one in our face. We also had three which hit our side window, you’d see them coming but couldn’t do anything to stop them as they were too fast. Luckily, all three sat on the floor a bit dazed, shook their heads, recovered and took off again. You would think with the bright colours that the birds would stand out but, as you can see from a couple, they blend very well with their backgrounds.
The last bit is a very short video I took at dusk which is when the Flying Mice used to come in to feed on the Trumpet Tree flowers.