December 15, 2008
A pair of Rainbow Lorikeets pause while tending a nest in the hollow of a tree.
John Sprovieri of Geneva, Illinois, photographed the stunning birds (Trichoglossus haematodus)
at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, Australia, on February 21, 2008.
"The Royal Botanic Gardens
is one of the most beautiful city parks I've ever seen," John tells us. "It's also a great spot for birding! Besides lorikeets, the park is also home to ibis, Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, magpies, and numerous species of waterfowl, wading birds, and seabirds. Also, hundreds of flying foxes, which are mammals, I know, but they do have wings!"
John used a Nikon D40 camera with a 300mm lens.
Rainbow Lorikeets occur in northern and eastern Australia, Indonesia, Bali, and many Pacific Ocean islands. They are common, and in some areas, they're the most abundant parrot.See a photo of another beautiful Australian bird: Blue-winged Kookaburra.See a photo of an Australian Pelican.Wondering why lorikeets are so colorful? Read an article about where feather colors come from.
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