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Rainbow Lorikeet

Rainbow Lorikeet
Photo Information
Copyright: Sue Thomson (SueThomson) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 116 W: 0 N: 192] (603)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-05 20:20
Viewed: 5223
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 32
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I was lucky enough to catch a couple of Rainbow Lorikeets visit the grevillea bushes outside my home today. They normally fly in of a morning to feed on the nectar but by the time I have grabbed my camera, they usually take flight. I had my new Macro Lens on and I am really impressed at the detail in the feathers it seems to be getting.

Rainbow Lorikeets are 26-31 cm long and have a distinctive flight silhouette. Flocks dart, twist and wheel among trees or fly straight and direct above forest canopies. They live in diverse habitats: rainfores, eucalypt forest, woodland, farmland, paperbark woods and heath and mangroves.

They feed on fruit, nectar, blossoms, seeds, berries and orchard fruit. In flight gives frequent, quite pleasant, softly rasping or vibrating musical screeches. They have softer mellow chattering and subdued screeches while feeding and twitter quietly when resting.

Rainbow Lorikeets are found along the east coast of Australia, coastal areas of Northern Territory and in suburbs surrounding Perth.

The image was shot in RAW, cropped and sharpened.
Program Mode
Aperture: f/5.0
Shutter Speed: 1/500
150 mm focal length
ISO 200

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To joey: Rainbow LorikeetSueThomson 1 06-06 13:52
To Gert-Paassen: Rainbow LorikeetSueThomson 1 06-05 21:38
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Hi Sue,

Superb shot of this Rainbow Lorikeet, the colours are simply stunning, excellent detail in the plumage, love the tight crop, beautiful work, all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

Hello sue,

nice portrait from these Lori, exellent pose and capture.
Natural colours and good of sharpness.
The branches above his head personaly i shall that been cloned away.


Hello Sue,
This is a real good close up of the Lorikeet!
perfect exposure and focus with great details especially on the colourful plummage!
many thanks for this wonderful sharing
best regards

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-06-05 21:32]

Hi Sue , wow great portrait , and so close in for a 150mm , stunning detail , awesome color , great composition , and perfect exposure. thanks for sharing .

Hey, a beautiful bird and a good shot.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-05 23:01]

Hi Sue

Great portrait of this lorikeet - good exposure control and colours too.


Meraviglioso ritratto di grande impatto visivo per i fantastici colori, bellissimi taglio compositivo ed ambientazione , eccellenti nitidezza e definizione dei dettagli. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-06-06 0:30]

Hi Sue,

A colorfull one,well composed (I like the crop),with nice pose although the shade near the head takes a bit away of the blue,anyway a fine and colorfull shot,tfs


Hallo Sue
This is a super shot of a beautiful bird. The glossy effect on the green part of the plumage is very fascinating and interesting. I have seen many of these birds before, but this one is an absolute eye-catcher. I like the different colours, forming stripes on the plumage. The red circle around the eye place the cherry on the cake and rounds of this beautiful photo. Thank you for sharing this beauty with us. A beautiful portrait. Framing and presentation are excellent.
Kind regards

Lucky shot Sue. Perfect clarity and colours.Good composition.TFS

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-06 10:33]

Hello Sue,
Wonderful photo. Don't have much time, sorry. Excellent!
Have a good weekend,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-06 13:40]
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Wow! Great shot of this Rainbow Lorikeet!
Stunning colours and great exposure.
Very good composition.
Pin-sharp with great detail.
Superb DOF.

Well done, Sue!


p.s I never said thankyou to you for adding me as a favourite so, Thankyou!!! :-))

Hi Sue, Good to see so =me of your lovely bird photos. You have learned the settings a lot quicker than many trekers. This rainbow lorikeet is definately a favorite Australian Parrot. Excelend sharpness and colours. TFS. Murray.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-15 21:49]

Hello Sue

Very easy to see how these birds got their monikers.
The colours are absolutely fantastic.
Wonderful plumage detail and colour.
Excellent sharp focus and detail.
The eye and beak are lovely.
Great job.


Sue, what you call luck others call talent! This is a wonderful capture of a bird that is difficult to photo. It's perfect - congrats! mark

Beautiful shot! The colours are very attractive. Sharply focussed.

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