There were many magical things that I was able to witness while I was holidaying in Australia. The evening I spent watching rainbow lorikeets is one from the top of the list!
I had a free evening to find a place to eat and enjoy a beer. Strolling up to the main area of the town I was staying in, I watched many species of bird coming and going. All clearly heading home for a safe restful night, all calling to each other. Some starting to form flocks.
I chose a bar with outdoor seating, and sat back to enjoy the cool refreshing lager and the ever growing flocks of birds. The main species was rainbow lorikeets. I had come across them before, both earlier in my trip and on a previous visit to Australia (10 years previous). I had quite a fondness for the brightly coloured birds, fantastic characters.
The lorikeet flock grew in numbers, they started flying lower over the main street. With that came the unbelievable noise! It was deafening and amazing! They would circle, coming back over head, with more birds in their group! The locals at the bar didn’t blink an eye, they didn’t even raise an eyebrow to acknowledge the natural spectacle around them! I was in awe.
Still the numbers grew and so did the noise!
Then I spotted a bird that wasn’t like the others, a peregrine falcon! It flew over twice, I didn’t anything in its talons, so I hope all the Lorikeets got home to roost that night!
Once I finished my beer, I headed up the street. Four palms framed the main crossing of the High Street. This was the chosen roost of the hndreds of lorikeets I had been watching, and they were all in those trees. The noise was incredible! They may have been coming into to roost, but the birds were not ready to settle yet. They continued to call and squawk to each other, flitting between the trees for quite some time!
I was able to take some photographs and video to the moment, but it pales in comparison to being there in person! I do hope it gives you an idea of the sights and sounds I saw.
I am so glad I chose that bar, that beer and the seat outside. What I witnessed may not have been anything new to the residence of that small town, but for me, it was a memory to last a life time!