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~Rainbow Lorikeet~

~Rainbow Lorikeet~
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Copyright: Debbie Linkevics (deblink) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 307 W: 6 N: 363] (1258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon Ef 90-300mm 1:4.5-5.6
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-11 20:02
Viewed: 4055
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is another image that I captured at the Breakwater Wetlands near my sister's house at Lockleys, a suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. I knew when I was walking that I was in for a treat from the noise that was created by these birds. There were hundreds of them in this one flowering Ecalyptus tree. The image is much clearer then my past efforts at bird photography because I decided it was time to learn how the camera actually worked. I hope you like my effort.

Rainbow Lorikeet
Scientific name: Trichoglossus haematodus
Family: Psittacidae
Order: Psittaciformes

Facts and figures
Research Species: Yes
Minimum size: 28 cm
Maximum size: 32 cm
Average size: 30 cm
Average weight: 133 g
Breeding season: June to January
Clutch size: 2
Incubation: 23 days
Time in nest: 45 days

The Rainbow Lorikeet is unmistakable with its bright red beak and colourful plumage. Both sexes look alike, with a blue (mauve) head and belly, green wings, tail and back, and an orange/yellow breast. They are often seen in loud and fast-moving flocks, or in communal roosts at dusk.

The Rainbow Lorikeet occurs in coastal regions across northern and eastern Australia, with a local population in Perth (Western Australia), initiated from aviary releases.

The Rainbow Lorikeet is found in a wide range of treed habitats including rainforest and woodlands, as well as in well-treed urban areas.

The Rainbow Lorikeet mostly forages on the flowers of shrubs or trees to harvest nectar and pollen, but also eats fruits, seeds and some insects.

The eggs of the Rainbow Lorikeet are laid on chewed, decayed wood, usually in a hollow limb of a eucalypt tree. Both sexes prepare the nest cavity and feed the young, but only the female incubates the eggs.

Living with humans
The Rainbow Lorikeet appears to have benefited from artificial feeding stations and prolific-fruiting and flowering trees and shrubs.

Urban habitat requirements
The Rainbow Lorikeet has acclimatised well to urbanisation and is commonly encountered in well-treed suburbs.

Higgins, P.J. (ed) 1999. Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds, Volume 4 (Parrots to Dollarbird). Oxford University Press, Victoria.
Pizzey, G. and Knight, F. 1997. Field Guide to the Birds of Australia. Angus and Robertson, Sydney.
Morcombe, M. 2000. Field guide to Australian Birds. Steve Parish Publishing.
Simpson, K and Day, N. 1999. Field guide to the birds of Australia, 6th Edition. Penguin Books, Australia.


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What a beautiful shot!!! Love the comp with the flowers. Nice tight focus on the eye. Your ISO settings of 1600 might be too high - did you do that intentionally? You need to clean up noise on this - other than that - great shot!!

Warms my heart to see these guys in the wild. In the US, they are only seen in zoos or in someone's home ...

Congrats on getting to your camera .. you wont regret it!


Hi Debbie,
Nicely composed picture, well focused,nice DoF.
Sharp and nice details.
Great shot.


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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-06-11 21:57]

nice colors good pose with the bird looking back nice focus good DOF

Hi Deb,
Well captured shot of this Lorikeet! Excellent sharpness and details on the bird and the blossom! Great pose with it looking back at you. Well done and TFS
Cheers Tina :-)

Hi Debbie,
Very good shot,good colours and details. Very clean for ISO 1600. Was probably dip shade. Usually I do not go higher than 800 but I think you don’t have other choice. The bird is beautiful. I would very, very happy to see one in the wild.
Regards, Mario.

  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-12 1:26]

Hi Deb

A lovely shot of the Lorikeet and gum flowers. The POV is good as is the composition. Good DoF also.


:) L8r

De belles couleurs et un commentaire intéressant.
Bonne journée.

Beautiful, very sharp. He looks like he is smirking at you!

Hi Debbie.
Wonderful image of him up there amongst the ecalyptus flowers. Great DOF makes him stand out from the background, colour and detail beautiful.

New Zealand

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-12 6:28]

Hello Debbie,
Very nice capture of this colourful bird.Love the sharp details you show here.Catchlight in eyes,lighting and BG are also wonderful.

Hola Debbie,
Preciosa la toma de bella composición con unos colores muy bonitos y gran definción, Saludos
José Ramón

Hi Debbie, great shot of this Lorikeet. The from behind view point works. You have great visibility of much of the bird this way that you wouldn't have otherwise. His turning towards you worked to your advantage. Depth of field is good, with the capture of the flowers he's on, but with blurring of the background. Great sharp shot with excellent detail.

Thanks, John

Lovely capture Debbie.
Great to see one not in a little cage.
Nice composition.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-12 10:39]

Hi Debbie,

Beautiful capture of the Lorikeet in a beautiful setting. I love his pose showing so much of his plummage of lovely colors. Wonderful details and good eye contact.


Witaj Debbie!
This colourful bird be enchanted. Very nice capture of this colourful bird. Very good shot and details.
It congratulates and I greet - Roma

Magnifiques couleurs et composition. Un peu de bruit dans le Bg.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-12 14:41]

Hello Debbie,
Wow, I love the Rainbow Lorikeets, they're so beautiful in their bright colours and their behaviour is fun to watch. But - the noise is dreadful!! Lovely sharp capture of this one int he flowering Eucalyptus with its pretty white flowers. I do like the composition!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

I do like your effort very much Debbie.
It's a lovely image with wonderful details, colors and pose of the bird.
Very good compo to.
Thanks for sharing.
Best regards, Harry

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-06-13 4:50]

Hi Debbie,
Composition is very good showing this bird on the flowering ecalyptus tree. Colors, details and your POV is very nice. TFS

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-06-13 7:47]

What a colorfull cutie, great composition and details of flowers, very good POV!Thanks Debs!

Hello Debbie,

A wonderful picture of a very beautiful and colorful bird! You are lucky to live in a place with such diverse wildlife!


The composition is very good and shows great artistic skills. I agree with including the Eucalyptus blossoms in the picture as it gives us some informations of this bird's habitat. The pose of the bird is also great showing us an easy readable silhouette against a well blurred background. The only thing I wish was not in the picture is the diagonal branch in the background. Luckily it is very blurred and doesn't distract from your subject.


The colors are fantastic and show us this bird in all its beauty! Saturation is well adjusted to render natural colors!


The overall contrast in your picture is very good! I like the fact that the contrast in the foreground is stronger than in the background. It emphasizes the subject better.


I must say you are a very courageous photographer! It takes a lot of courage to Use ISO 1600! I've never used it. It must have been pretty dark there by the time you took the picture. However, exposure is great, with no details lost in shadows or highlights. The only draw back is the noise that resulted from using ISO 1600. But it isn't too bad. Actually the noise level is pretty low for such a high ISO. Congratulations! I guess I would have used a flash or a tripod and hoped that the bird wouldn't move too fast. :)


Focus is accurate and sharpness very good. The DOF was also well controlled to blur everything behind the subject! Very well done!

A wonderful capture and very interesting camera settings! The notes are also useful and well documented! Great job! Thanks for sharing!

With Friendly Regards,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-13 11:31]

Hi Debbie.
Amazing bird picture. I like it very much especially level of transparency and clearness of paints, great DOF and sharpness of the main subject and skillful composition. BG is very nice, well illuminated and pleasantly blurred. Bravo and my best regards.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-13 23:06]

Hello Debbie

A beautiful image with sharp details and lovely colour saturation.The composition is well done.Excellent POV and DOF.TFS


Preciosa imagen del loro zobre la bella flor del eucalipto. Excelente composición y buena pose del ave.
Saludos Debbie

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