On Friday the kids and I were called over to the back window by the Man to have a look at some new additions. On the grass, squabbling with the large crowd of Rainbow Lorikeets were two parrots who, although slightly smaller, looked very similar in shape.
Instead of having the bright blue head they were totally green with feathery yellow scales showing on their chests.
Unsurprisingly these parrots are called Scaly Breasted Lorikeets. Since that first sighting they have joined the regular crowd and are often seen battling for prime seed spots with the bigger, and equally assertive, Rainbow Lorikeets.
This parroty crowd can be unbelievably noisy at times although they seem to be their own worst enemy.
Last week there was a period in one afternoon when the crowd was larger than normal and as such were extremely loud. They started flying out of the back garden, circling around the front of the house, then landing back on the grass. They would eat a few seeds then do it all over again. This went on for about 10 minutes and was driving us crazy!
I go up to see what on earth they were doing only to see a Brown Goshawk coming into the garden so fast it was as though it had been shot out of a cannon! I guess the Goshawk was hanging around nearby waiting for its own chance to eat and that was what was keeping the Lorikeets on the move.
Of course once it had made such a serious, although unsuccessful, attack the Lorikeets were gone for the afternoon. The Goshawk hung out in the trees close to the house for a few minutes and then disappeared. I was disappointed that I couldn’t get a photo of it but I was glad it didn’t hang around to feast on one of our dinner guests!