Friday, 24 October 2014

An interesting observation - Seed eating Rainbows

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A Common site - A Rainbow lorikeet in search of nectar
The Eastern Australian Sub-species of Rainbow Lorikeet is traditionally known as a bird that eats pollen and nectar and rightfully so. Like other species of Lorikeet these birds have specialised papillae on the tongue to assist with the extraction of such foods. They get their supply of both nectar and pollen by visiting flowering trees and plants in parks, gardens, forests etc. As a common species they are often overlooked by people and once accustomed to these birds it is not hard to walk under a tree filled with Rainbow Lorikeets without noticing they are there.

Monday, 20 October 2014

The Blue or Par Blue Black-headed Caique

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Black-headed Caiques are curious birds
The Black-headed Caique is an attractive species and readily kept. They get about the aviary acting like clowns and love to explore their surrounds. They are by nature extremely curious and quite a rewarding species to keep. 

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Wild Type Black-headed Caique

This however is not a blog post about the Black-headed Caique and its housing etc. For a full article on Caiques refer to my article in Australian Birdkeeper Magazine Volume 27 Issue 4 available at

Monday, 6 October 2014

Smart Phone Egg Candling

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Using a Samsung Smart Phone to Candle a Healthy Scarlet Macaw Egg

I recently posted a photo of mine on Facebook (see above) that has seen a lot of positive feedback. The photo is that showing a Scarlet Macaw egg being candled using a smart phone. As can be seen the torch application that was downloaded onto the phone works brilliantly for candling parrot eggs.