Rainbow Lorikeets feeding in the Grevilleas. This must be one of their favourite pastimes. They are one of the most spectacular birds and quite obliging when it comes to having their photo taken. Tom Walsh is renowned for his bird photography and this image is testament to why.
The Rainbow Lorikeet is unmistakable with its bright red beak and colourful plumage. Both sexes look alike, with a blue (mauve) head and belly, green wings, tail and back, and an orange/yellow breast. They are often seen in loud and fast-moving flocks, or in communal roosts at dusk. The Rainbow Lorikeet mostly forages on the flowers of shrubs or trees to harvest nectar and pollen, but also eats fruits, seeds and some insects.