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Galah, Rainbow Lorikeet

Galah, Rainbow Lorikeet (Image ID 45594)
Photographed byMichael Hamel-Green on Sat 27th Mar, 2021 and uploaded on Mon 5th Apr, 2021 .
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CommentSize does generally count when it comes to inter-species contretemps. However, attitude counts too, and Rainbow Lorikeets are definitely not short on attitude. A pair of Galahs, probably long happily partnered, had been investigating and communing over a fissure in this Maculata Eucalypt trunk flowing with new sap. As I was watching this peaceful domestic scene, there was a sudden dive bomb attack by two Rainbow Lorikeets who successfully evicted the surprised Galah couple. One of the Galahs then returned to an upper branch to reclaim their spot but were again repelled by one of the Lorikeets in a very fierce no-nonsense display, as the image highlights. The Galahs once again retreated, perched on a nearby branch, and looked on bemusedly as the Lorikeet pair excitedly explored their ill-gained foraging site. Rainbow Lorikeets…not just pretty faces and plumage but so much attitude too.
EquipmentNikon Z7 Nikkor 24-200mm 195mm ISO 1250 1/500th f7.1
LocationCoburg Lake Reserve, Coburg, Victoria
Keywordsadult, behaviour/display
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