The benefit of visiting places on a regular basis is that you start to pick up the rhythms and patterns that otherwise go unnoticed. I’ve been to the Rotunda Park each evening this week – on all occasions a family of Laughing Kookaburras have arrived, as if on cue, to perch (and sing) in the trees along the Mia Mia creekline. Just when you think you’ve got things ‘sorted out’ though the unexpected happens … in the form of a flock of Rainbow Lorikeets. These noisy visitors have been seen in ones and two around Newstead in recent years (including a recent observation at Newstead Natives), but I can’t recall a flock of a dozen before. Over the past couple of decades Rainbow Lorikeets have become a feature of urban environments around Australia – local places including Bendigo, Castlemaine and Maryborough now have well established populations, where they were previously absent or rare. I rarely see them in intact bushland – this is where their smaller relatives (Little, Purple-crowned and Musk Lorikeets) appear to hold the advantage. Interestingly the Rainbows were feeding mainly on Box Mistletoe, in the company of a few Musk Lorikeets.
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