For many weeks now they have been coming.
My colourful little ' friends '.
They are, cheeky, twittering, noisy, nectar and fruit eating Lorikeets and from my observations so far, I have managed to identify three different types.
Hiding amongst the apple tree with the still somewhat dense cover of leaves remaining from summer, they camouflage themselves beautifully wearing the naturally bright colours which nature has magically bestowed upon these pretty little native birds.
Brilliantly coloured and flighty, these birds also know a feast when they spy it from their flight paths whilst soaring as they do into the taller trees for a good vantage position before sweeping down to eat the apples still remaining on my apple tree.
Usually found in small flocks it is not unusual to see the Musk Lorikeet and the Rainbow Lorikeet cohabiting with the Little Lorikeet in the one tree.
So it is here I sit reading through comments or using my muse to create a new post when I hear their shrill little sound, striking a cord in my ear.
You see the apple tree is very close to the room where I sit at the pc and just through the double glass door is the apple tree at the side of the patio.
You think it is easy for me to grab my camera for that perfect photo? Noway, by the time I grab the camera and open the screen door they have been alerted to my presence and retreated on the wing to another venue where they then watch me and wait patiently for my return indoors. I retreat inside and watch them return as, quick as a wink, to eat more of my wonderful Granny Smith green apples.
This challenge is about ‘Hanging in the Balance’ so what does it have to do with birds and my intent on capturing some really good Aussie native bird photos?
Well probably nothing at all if we take this phrase as an idiom. However I wish to take this phrase literally and using a photo taken from my by now full Lorikeet album, I will relate the story of the ‘balancing’ capture below.
Mid morning and the Lorikeets are there in the tree. My camera for a change is nearby and charged. I decide to move through another doorway to the patio and use the large outdoor umbrella as my cover from those, little eye spy eyes, always on alert.
The tree is above me now and I hear the rustle of the birds as they scamper along the branches to nibble on the remaining apples. At this point I stop and focus my camera for a capture. I am now ready to click when one of the birds comes into the frame. A moment goes by and the rustle above my head takes my attention away from the centre of the tree, where I know there is a gathering of lorikeets.
As I look above, my camera positioned for a photo, it happens. I am not sure who got the biggest shock the little lorikeet or myself. Instinct took over as the bird looked at me and my finger clicked this little guy literally hanging in the balance on the small branch of the apple tree. He sees me and I see he! We both agree, this was an awesome moment because he actually allowed me a couple more photos before flying off with the others, who by now were aware of my presence.
I have some wonderful photos of these very pretty little birds and will need to spend more time sorting through my full bird albums now, as the photos have accumulated dramatically since my technique for photographing these birds has improved.