Switching to red gum

Musk Lorikeets, together with Purple-crowned and Little Lorikeets have enjoyed a reasonable flowering season in the local bush. With Yellow Gum Eucalyptus leucoxylon flowering coming to a close they are switching their attention to other food sources. Yesterday, I encountered a small flock feeding on lerp, in the River Red-gums along the Loddon River.

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Musk Lorikeet feeding on lerp, Loddon River @ Newstead, 3rd October 2014

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The sharp beak and muscular tongue are ideal for gleaning food from eucalypt leaves.

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The birds were oblivious to my presence, feeding low in the branches.

Lerp provides a crucial source of sugar, together with some protein for lorikeets and honeyeaters over the summer. To learn more about lerp insects click here.

2 responses to “Switching to red gum

  1. Do you do any bird guiding around Newstead Geoff? It looks like a great spot to spend a day. Regards, Steven Creber

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