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Old Nov 16, 2010, 4:12 AM   #1
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Default [pics] house hunting Rainbow Lorikeets

Spotted this pair of Rainbow Lorikeets inspecting hollows in a tree on one of the local schools. One of the lorikeets would disappear into the hollow while the other stayed perched atop the trunk on lookout.

Unfortunately one of the lorikeets was missing a large patch of feathers from its head & neck (illustrated in the below photograph). This may be attributed to the bird having contracted Psittacine Beak & Feather Disease.

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Probably could have done with a touch more sharpening.

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Old Nov 16, 2010, 4:33 PM   #2
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They look good to me...

Nice job...!
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Old Nov 17, 2010, 2:55 PM   #3
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Nice captures; really interesting series of shots. It's not often you get shots of birds out house hunting!
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Hi Adam,

I wonder if the missus was satisfied with the new home.

Great captures.

You certainly live in a very special part of the world when it comes to birds as we don't get anything close to the variety of really colorful creatures.


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Old Nov 18, 2010, 9:36 AM   #5
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Really nice photos, Adam.

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Unfortunately one of the lorikeets was missing a large patch of feathers from its head & neck (illustrated in the below photograph). This may be attributed to the bird having contracted Psittacine Beak & Feather Disease.
Sadly, in the US we have parrots with the same effect but for a very different reason. People here do not understand that parrots are flock animals. They buy a parrot as an ornament and lock it in a cage with no attention or companionship, then the parrot becomes neurotic and plucks out its feathers. There are an estimated 75,000 parrots like that in this country.

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Old Nov 19, 2010, 4:33 AM   #6
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That's a frightening and sad reality Ted
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