Sunday Selections # 171

Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.

The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.
4. hop on over to The Elephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos.

Kath and Andrew often join in as well, although Kath has been quite busy lately and unable to join us.
I'm not sure if Andrew is joining us this week as he is holidaying in Europe. 
There are several other participants now though: 

Jackie K at WorkingThrough It

I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week I'm continuing with some photos of the gardens surrounding these flats I live in.

A few weeks ago I heard a tremendous racket coming from the large Lillypilly tree just a few metres from my flat. 
Rainbow lorikeets were eating the fruit!
Of course I grabbed my camera and raced outside, here are the photos>>>

the tree, and now...the birds>>

the tree was so packed with fruit!

packed with birds too, dozens of them.

mmm, yum.


blends right in there doesn't he?

he's made quite a hole in that berry.

a splash of yellow and orange amid the green.

watching me watching you.

he has an eye on me too.

eyeing off the next berry.

So much brightness so early in the morning.

I meant to take a photo of the mess on the ground too, dropped and squished fruit everywhere! but I forgot in my hurry to get back inside and pee. Oops, tmi!


  1. Gorgeous things. We very rarely get them here - and I loved seeing yours. Thank you.
    And goodness *the mess they make*. Worth it though - or I think so.

  2. They do melt right in, don't they. Fortunately you can spot them by the noise.

  3. Hi River,

    What sensational photos! The bird really blends in with the leaves and berries. Rainbow lorikeets, never heard of such a bird. And definitely never heard on a Lillypilly tree. I've learned some new things today. Thank you.

    Gary :)

  4. Elephant's Child; mess in the garden is okay, but all over the footpath and driveway as most of this was is harder to bear. I tracked in so much on my shoes, I eventually began walking on the other footpath where the mess didn't reach.

    Joanne; and by the movement of branches and leaves when they change sides.

    klahanie; you've never heard of rainbow lorikeets?? We have them by the hundreds, maybe thousands here in South Australia. Lillypillys are everywhere too, generations ago, people made lillypilly jam from the fruit. That would be a hard days work, the berries are slightly smaller than cherries and no one had cherry pitters back then.

  5. Aren't they beautiful. We get them in the trees in the park in our street but I can never capture them on camera!

  6. I love Rainbow Lorikeets, they're such characters.
    What an amazing sight - and sound - with these animated colourful gems amongst the greenery.
    Hope they had a great feast.

  7. I love the cheeky, noisy, sometimes drunken Rainbow Lorikeets. How could one not?

    I've got a large lillypilly growing out the front of my cabin.

    Have a great week, River...may it flow smoothly for you. :)

  8. Your photos are beautiful.
    We have lorikeets here in W.A. now though they are of course not indigenous to our State. People have let them out of cages and they multiply very quickly and do I believe take over territories of our native birds.
    Even so, you can't help but love the cheekiness of the lorikeets, noisy lot though they are.
    They come into our garden after the berries on the cotton palm and the bottlebrush as well sometimes.
    I had a penfriend in Queensland years ago and she would write about her entire back lawn being covered with lorikeets. What a sight that would have been...and the noise!!

  9. Such gorgeous birds! We don't see any in the wild that are nearly that colorful, but we did see some brightly colored ones at the zoo today. Might even have been some lorikeets.

  10. OHH these are so lovely! You would wonder how something so bright could blend in. Now you've shown me! :)

  11. Vicki; they're cheeky alright, but the cockatoos are cheekier. If you whistle at them you sometimes get a whistle back, then they'll toss a pine cone at you.

    Lee; thought about making lillypilly jam have you?
    I bet you get dozens of lorikeets every autumn.

    Mimsie; I would love to see a lawn covered in lorikeets. I remember fields and trees covered in galahs when I was little, pink and grey as far as the eye could see. It's sad that some people kept lorikeets in cages, but it's what people did back then. We had a galah, in later years my mum had a backyard filled with large aviaries, including one with a sulphur crested cockatoo.

    Susan; I don't know much about American wild birds, all I know is the eagle. I'm glad you got to see colourful ones at the zoo, but Wish you had some free ones to marvel at.

    Happy Christine; they're even harder to spot if they are in bottlebrush or banksia trees. There they blend with the flowers as well as the leaves.


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