Rainbow Lorikeet by bobfoto

Rainbow Lorikeet

A good guide to see whether bad weather is on its way is to check the habits of wildlife. Well if anything is to go by my Rainbow Lorikeets, then tomorrow I should wake up to yet another beautiful day in Paradise.

Here's a Lorikeet just chewing away on an Umbrella Tree in my backyard, oblivious to the Cyclone which will impact on North Queensland tomorrow.

I wonder where they go when the shit hits the fan?
Nice photograph! Good capture of the bird.
February 1st, 2011  
gorgeous colours and well captured. Hope you are battening down the hatches mate. Thinking of you all up there.
February 1st, 2011  
That's a beauty, Jason. We're all waiting with fingers crossed to see what happens. Have many friends in Cairns who'll be affected and relatives in Townsville, also. Wish you luck. Maybe the birds will be gone by morning. We had birds hiding in our guttering and crouching under the eaves during cyclones when living in the tropics.
February 1st, 2011  
Beautiful as always...but my 7:30p.m. news says you are in for nasties. Hope to find you here tomorrow night.
February 1st, 2011  
Actually...more than beautiful...this one is a stunner.
February 1st, 2011  
great capture:) yep I wondered about that to:S if you find out, do share
February 1st, 2011  
@tommynicolson @vaderkip @girlie @swilde @faelwen - thank you thank you thank you everyone for your kind words and wishes... Boy these Cyclones are so uncomfortable to watch... I'll keep an eye on the birdies though! Thanks.
February 1st, 2011  
It always makes me smile when I see the birds you Aussies find in your backyard.. I've only seen and fed rainbow lorikeets at the zoo and there he is munching on your tree.. What I remember of them, while they were crawling all over me, was that they are nosey little buggers.. His pose makes me think he's spying on the neighbors and keeping a sharp eye out for your cyclone.. Beautiful composition, Sir!
February 1st, 2011  
Aww. Hope he is safe. Nice pic.
February 1st, 2011  
ok stop showing off... lol luv it, luv photographing these birds.. they are the best.
February 1st, 2011  
Jason, this is exquisite. I think the rainbow lorikeets are amazing. Their colours look like they are painted on -much like the little gouldian finches. This is beautifully framed and I like the angle from which you have photographed the bird. We are all waiting with baited breath to see what Yasi delivers. I have a brother in law, his wife and 3 little children in Cairns - so we are anxious as well. They are predicting winds of up to 250 kms per hour - the mind boggles. Fingers crossed that you are safe and sound when it's all over.
February 1st, 2011  
I just love having these guys around even though they may get a little bit excited when there are flowers about. They were noted by their absence yesterday but there were a few around this afternoon.
Jason how close are you to the action? Thankfully Anthony changed his mind at the last minute and heading a little further south of us at the other day but hmm I'm darn sure regardless of where Yasi hits I think we are all going to be effected in some one. :-( Stay safe.
February 1st, 2011  
wow, great close up. They can be very amusing if they eat the umbrella tree fowers towards the end of the season when they've started to ferment - nothing like slightly drunk lorikeets for a good laugh.
Let's hope and pray Yasi is not as destructive as predicted. Stay safe.
February 1st, 2011  
I love them too and that is such a beautiful photo of one! I think I need a telephoto too ;) Fave.
I also hope Yasi leaves us alone!
February 1st, 2011  
Great clarity - really beautiful shot :)
February 1st, 2011  
Great capture! Stunning detail :) Stay safe from the cyclone...
February 1st, 2011  
@buggus - Oleta, you are so right, these are very very noisy buggers! They disappear from our garden at the start of the wet season, and return when these plants start to flower. But the squarking and carolling is fantastic. It often sounds like I live in an aviary!

@debmayne @robynelizabeth - Thanks Deb and Robyn, they are a bunch of fun to shoot, and not too shy...

@murnane - I hope your family are okay in Cairns marg, the good news for them is that they are now on the Northern side, so less wind and rain... sorta...

@rach_who - rach, we are in Townsville, so 250kms from Ground zero it seems!

@littlec - I think I know your brother.

@bella_ss - Sheralee, a telephoto is fun, even the spider eating the grasshopper was taken with the same lens as this one!

@canberrabec - Thanks 'berrabec. I was thinking of taking a photo of these guys for about a week now... glad I waited till tonight! :)
February 1st, 2011  
@alia_801 - Thank you alia, staying safe is the current plan!
February 1st, 2011  
Beautiful picture... the colour, the detail, the compostion... everything.

So are you staying put or do you have to get out of there? Stay safe...
February 1st, 2011  
@frameit - Thank you Tracy, This is probably the first real crop of my 365.... there have been some other tiny crops, but this one was all about design and composition.

And, we are staying put. If the bugs, frogs and birds want to come inside for a day or so, then they're allowed!
February 1st, 2011  
Another amazing capture of your brilliant (& abundant) wildlife. Such great colors, and the tree blossom/fruit? are amazingly cool too.
February 1st, 2011  
@myla - blossom and fruit myla, you can see one or two of them have teeny tiny white skinny petals as the blooms open. These trees are a bad weed in some parts of Australia despite being indigenous to other parts!!!
February 1st, 2011  
Gorgeous photo! A fav! Hope the weather won't be as severe as predicted for you.
February 1st, 2011  
@roejan - Why thank you Roe Jan, we can now only wait and hope. Something about the laps of Gods should be entered here I guess?
February 1st, 2011  
Beautiful photo. What a colorful bird. Y
February 1st, 2011  
Ahhhh as much as I love your amazing macros...I must say I think this may very well be my fave from you! Very Beautiful! (I am also jealous she posed, I can't shoot a bird clearly to save my soul)
February 1st, 2011  
WOW this bird is beautiful! Amazing shot.
February 1st, 2011  
love these rich rich colours - Parrot and berries - beautiful combination.
February 1st, 2011  
Beautiful! So many amazing colors!
February 1st, 2011  
He's gorgeous--really nice photo
February 1st, 2011  
Beautiful shot.
February 1st, 2011  
Stunning bird, great shot!
February 1st, 2011  
Beautiful! I love all the colors!
February 1st, 2011  
love the colours so eye catching
February 1st, 2011  
beautiful shot! the colors are amazing!
February 1st, 2011  
Oh wow, Jason, this is just beautiful! And how accommodating to pose on a branch with even more color! I really do hope you weather the storm out. Be safe and report back when it's all over with.
February 2nd, 2011  
Beautiful colors and such a majestic pose. Wow, I love it!
February 2nd, 2011  
@lmasinton @mel22 @onehicchic - Thank you Lael, Melanie and Donna :)

@tnamari - Why thank you very much TinaC :)

@miranda - I can hear them outside at the moment, there is often a noisy gregarious group of them each day now that the flowers are out. I can also hear the rain too.

@clarissajohal @signfun @hillcrest @tesia @flamez @kaylaferguson - Thank you all, these guys are indeed a riot of colour, and noise :)

@aj1268 - Thank you Paula, if I have an internet connection, you will hear from me.

All of my camera gear is packed in my waterproof pack and ready to be right next to me at all times. This little laptop has a dry bag which it will spend the night in, if required. All my personal gear and possessions are together. It's a weird feeling.
February 2nd, 2011  
Wow, what a stunning bird - great snap!
February 2nd, 2011  
Take care with that cyclone - stay safe.
February 2nd, 2011  
@emeraldboots - Why thank you Jill :)

@miranda - that's the plan Marinade... just trying to put it into execution now.
February 2nd, 2011  
Gorgeous photo of a stunning (yet noisy and slight bossy) bird! Stay safe over the coming day/s.
February 2nd, 2011  
Stunning colors! Wow!
February 2nd, 2011  
@mimma_blue - thank you mimma_blue, I am trying my best to stay calm and to stay safe.
February 2nd, 2011  
@elephantgirl - thank you too elephant girl :D
February 2nd, 2011  
Beautiful!!
February 2nd, 2011  
ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!!
February 2nd, 2011  
@stacisingleton @jenlyn999 - Thank you Staci and Jennifer :)
February 2nd, 2011  
Beautiful colors! Love this!
February 3rd, 2011  
@exposure4u - Thank you Wendy!
February 3rd, 2011  
Great colours, nice pic!
February 3rd, 2011  
@samfordroadcrew - Cheers Casey!
February 3rd, 2011  
Found this on th PP Jason. It's beautiful.
February 3rd, 2011  
@murnane - Thanks Marg... he has no head on PP. :(
February 3rd, 2011  
brilliant colors!
February 18th, 2011  
@poojagupta - why thank you Pooja. :D
February 18th, 2011  
Aww he's pretty! My lorikeet photos look cruddy compared to this! lol
February 22nd, 2011  
@amz87 - normally I would say thanks... but I cannot. I'm off to go look at your parrot.
February 22nd, 2011  
I think I only have a couple but they're nowhere near as good. I actually got a couple today but they were too far away.
February 22nd, 2011  
@amz87 - why can't they fly as close as flies?
February 22nd, 2011  
That could get annoying pretty quickly if they started landing on your nose though lol
February 22nd, 2011  
@amz87 - good point... I should think before I type?
February 23rd, 2011  
@bobfoto Maybe they should fly as close as....butterflies? Close but not on your nose lol
February 24th, 2011  
@amz87 - had a frog land on my nose again tonight...
February 24th, 2011  
..again? lol
February 24th, 2011  
@amz87 - i get too close from time to time.
February 24th, 2011  
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