Saturday, April 21, 2012

Is that its tongue? (Part II)

Finally I can post some pictures taken in our backyard!

When we bought the place in 1993 we had to ask about this tree. It flowers best in our autumn and is known as a Queensland Firewheel Tree (Stenocarpus sinuatus). It is not native to the area and is more at home further north. I am pleased to say that it has (so far) survived our custodianship. At this time of year there is a battle between honeyeaters and lorikeets for feeding rights.

Rainbow lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus)

Look closely! I think that the long grey appendage is the famed lorikeet's tongue . I think these particular flowers give it a workout!

Firewheel tree (Stenocarpus sinuatus)

1 comment:

  1. Yep, it's his tong alright!
    As all parrot-like birds, they have a thick tongue!
    Wonderful pictures of a most beautiful Lorikeet in a lovely tree!
    Well done Pete!