Lorikeets on shift work

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Subject: Lorikeets on shift work
From: Lawrie Conole <>
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2016 03:27:47 +0000
At work here in Melton (far western fringe of Melbourne, Victoria), planted
Mugga Ironbark (*Eucalyptus sideroxylon*) flowered heavily from September
through to end of December 2015, and was noisily utilised by Musk and
Purple-crowned Lorikeets and Red Wattlebirds (plus resident New Holland &
White-plumed Honeyeaters). As the ironbarks tapered off in late December,
Spotted Gum (*Corymbia maculata*) started to flower. The smaller
honeyeaters were unchanged, wattlebirds largely disappeared, and the
nomadic lorikeet contingent flipped completely to Rainbow Lorikeets and the
odd Little Lorikeet.

Remarkable timing or resource partitioning, or both - I'm not sure. Anyone
else noticed such a dramatic shift-working paradigm amongst lorikeets?

Dr Lawrie Conole
Tylden Vic 3444

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