We have had a flock of unusual visitors haunting our garden in the last few days.
One afternoon the kids were noisily riding their bikes up and down the driveway (one was a zombie, the other a brain; the chase was on!) when I was told to bring my camera and follow RIGHT NOW!
One of the native cherry trees along the driveway had half a dozen Rainbow Lorikeets feeding on it. Surprisingly they were completely relaxed about us wandering around underneath and pointing at them.
We get a lot of parrot visitors here but haven’t had this particular type before. Rainbow Lorikeets are a common type of parrot in Australia but our garden usually has a large and hungry family of King Parrots hanging around. The smaller lorikeets would be silly to get between them and their seeds that’s for sure!
I put a few handfuls of sunflower seeds on the back verandah for them (that seems to be the preferred treat for parrots around here) and wondered if they would stick around.
Within minutes they had realized there was an easy feed in the offing and were vying for the best position at the biggest pile of seeds. They have been back each day for a meal and are very photogenic!
Unfortunately they have poked holes in a few of my ripening cherry tomatoes on the verandah too. Oh well, I got a blog post out of them so it might be a fair trade (as long as they leave them alone from now on!)