Rainbow Lorikeets and late night shopping

To: Jack Shapiro <>, "'Birding Aus'" <>
Subject: Rainbow Lorikeets and late night shopping
From: John Gamblin <>
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2004 09:52:48 +1100 (EST)
G'day Nevil and All,
Hey Nevil, maybe it takes them less time to adjust to playing under lights and in front of a big crowd as opposed to "Kiwi's" .... just an olde JAG thought. Mind you mate the area concerned didn't always look the way it did eh ... opportunistic rainbows maybe? or should I ask who had that particular spot marked as theirs first? the relatively new streetlights or the olde aged RL's? must be their favorite night time food trees?
Female RL says male RL close the fridge door dear and come back to bed after you tern the lights out.
Ooroo cobber and thank you for your beaut photos sent to
Not bad :^D>>> photos of the blue-faced Honeyeater sent in by our Vin Lam eh :^D>>> wish I had a photo of Vin ... somewhere nice for "Eggy" to shove her beak and me to place pins  :^D>>> clever Tassie devil that he is ... JAG de olde whag flies off.
G'day Jack ~~~~~

Jack Shapiro <> wrote:
On 18/11/2004, at 9:25 PM, Nevil Lazarus wrote:

Chatswood is a very busy suburban shopping area on Sydney's North 
Shore. This evening I witnessed thousands of Rainbow Lorikeets flying around and flock after flock coming into the trees with loud screetching, and chirping. All of this in amongst the coffee drinkers and shoppers who were totally oblivious of the activity in the skies and the trees.
The same phenomenon occurs at Manly every evening.

My question is why do these birds choose their roosts in such built up
areas, artificially lit and heavily populated?
Nevil Lazarus

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