Not sure Stephen. Rainbow Lorikeets are not particularly abundant out here
on the western fringe (yet).
The peppering of a few Little Lorikeets instead of the more usual 'western'
Purple-crowned is probably even more interesting.
Dr Lawrie Conole
Tylden Vic 3444
lconole [at] gmail.com
On 14 January 2016 at 15:42, Stephen Ambrose <> wrote:
> Hi Lawrie,
> What were the local Rainbows feeding on prior to invading the Spotted Gums?
> Perhaps their preferred local nectar sources "dried up" and so moved onto
> the Spotted Gums in concentrated numbers, competitively excluding the other
> larger nectarivores? This seems to happen in Sydney, particularly in the
> north shore areas, where there are huge numbers of Rainbows.
> Dr Stephen Ambrose
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Birding-Aus On Behalf
> Lawrie Conole
> Sent: Thursday, January 14, 2016 2:28 PM
> To: Birding-Aus
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Lorikeets on shift work
> 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
> were unchanged, wattlebirds largely disappeared, and the nomadic lorikeet
> contingent flipped completely to Rainbow Lorikeets and the odd Little
> 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
> lconole [at] gmail.com
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