Wednesday, April 8, 2009

#015-365 Autumn

Sally had dance practice the other day, followed by a Doctors appointment, and I wanted to try and get any photos that were on offer. It was the day I got the bent tree and as I went into the Humpybong Creek Parklands, a small area in the centre of redcliffe, this fellow objected to my interrupting his meal.

It was a dull overcast part of the day and the shot was taken looking up into the tree, I suppose the Lorikeet would have been say 12 - 15 feet above my head, so it is fairly severly cropped, i just wanted to show that it isn't just the Golden Penda that they rely on for food. The penda is on the way out but these are just starting to bloom.

I toyed around with replacing the sky but Sally and I agree that due to the cropping I wasn't getting pleasing effects and as she said, the bird, the blooms and the leaves are so well delineated, why don't you just leave it as it is, and as you can see I did. It is a treat having these birds and their cousins the mountain Lowries hanging around. It is only at this time of year though that we see them in swarm numbers, and newcomers to this are usually complain about the noise, but when the birds return in numbers the ones who complained the year before are always as joyous as the rest of us.

The biggest problem with these birds is that sometimes when they find a really succulent tree they tend to feed quietly, and hard as it is to imagine they are hard to see. The trees they like have foliage that starts about head hieght, and you can be walking along contemplating important matters such as belly button fluff or the like, and 40 or 50 will erupt out of the tree, screaming objections at the top of their little lungs. Sally things it is just their normal startle reaction, I believe they are sadistic little swine that get top pleasure out of watching me roll on the ground clutching my chest, I'm sure I have heard them giggling, under their wings.

21 comments:

gregworld said...

Hey Ron..nicely done given the sky conditions. I have a tough time getting the exposure right when the sky is clouded over like that.

Lorri said...

Wild lorikeets giggling while you clutch your chest....your writing is a colorful and sharp as your photos, Ron! And I have to love a place called "Humpybong Creek."

365photosin2009 said...

It's interesting to see the more subdued plumage on this compared to your previous lorikeet. Is this the female or a different type of lorikeet altogether?

Nice shot and I like your crop...

Chesney said...

Would you just leave those birds alone and let them eat, there is nothing more irritating than an unexpected dinnertime guest! I would swarm you too! And by the way, thanks for the driving tips for the boys, I do appreciate all of your support NOT! Ha! Now, to just keep them on the street and off of the curb! LOL

Linda said...

That is a great pic. Ron, your wife is always right. Don't you know that by now?

Sherrie said...

Hi Danudins,
Great Photo!! Very bight and colorful!! I can just see you rolling around on the ground when all of them take off! Thanks for stopping by my place. Have a great day!!

Sherrie

P.S. I've posted the recipe for the Tomato Soup Cake if you want it.

mljrbg said...

Looks like they get camouflaged in the trees? Great shot of this interesting bird.

DART said...

what a pleasure it is to meet all these beautiful specimens of nature not seen (by me) before! such gorgeous markings...hard to imagine them swarming so "viciously" ...but then again, I'm still giggling over the name of the park so what do I know! LOL

lijola said...

This is an interesting looking bird. Leaving the sky alone allows viewer to focus on the bird. Nice.

ellens365 said...

It is a fine photo of a very cool looking bird and you did right by the sky. I love the picture of you being swarmed by such colorful birds.

Edmund said...

"Humpybong Creek" sounds like a fun place. Just exactly what do you and Sally do there? I know you play checkers. Great shot of the birdie.:)

REF said...

The white background makes it look more like a painting. Can you get a close-up of the bird?

PS. Spam happens on all blogs sometimes no matter what you try and do. Usually the security ends up keeping out the good guys.

Tracy said...

Ron this is totally beautiful. I love the colours of the bird and leaves. You live in a great place.

klsbear said...

Tammy's right - let the critters eat in peace! On second thought, I suppose a little interuption won't hurt if it results in a really nice photo like this. I like the rather nuetral sky because it lets you focus on the bird and tree rather than a bold play of color.

tnwaltz said...

What kind of bird is this? He/she sure is pretty. Changing the sky can get a little dicey at times. I agree with Sally. Of course, I would 'cause I'm a woman!

MevetS said...

Nice color and composition. And I agree with Greg, getting a good image with a sky like that is non-trivial.

Vita Stunder said...

Nice shot and I like your crop.
Interesting bird - great capture! :)

Kathy said...

Humpybong? lol....you have the most interesting and charming names down under! And, the coolest looking birds! Great shot!

Rachel said...

Beautiful bird. And I have to echo Lorri's comment--your stories are just as great as your photos! Thanks for keeping us all entertained.

KimR. said...

What a pretty bird! I love your story, you made me laugh (thank you for that)!

shadowsandhighlights said...

You are too funny Ron! I think your photo deserves to be in an ornithology magazine...it's beautiful!