Thursday, January 1, 2009
It may be a New Year but,
some are still up thier old tricks!
Lorikeets still avoiding the camera, today by flying over the fence to this tree in a neighbor's backyard. I dont know what sort of tree* it is, with its odd blooms coming straight out of the bark along the branches. But the flowers are very popular with nectar feeding birds like the Lori's.
The pic is also a good example of the fuzziness of hand-holding the zoom lens (Canon's zoom EF 75-300mm 1:4-5.6 III). At full size its a bit clearer than it appears here, but not by a satisfying amount. (The extra fuzziness is due to the compression I use to speed download for you). The tripod or even the monopod would have improved this, but the bird wasnt going to wait for it. Dang.
Blogging Mate Areeiro of Glimpses of the Marginal has identified this tree for us! Its is an Moreton Bay Chestnut, Castanospermum australe. For more information, check out this link for it at check out this link at the Australian National Botanical Gardens site. Three Cheers for Areeiro!!!