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Corymbia Ficifolia, a local feast

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    Posted: 10 January 2019 at 02:14
A couple of doors down the street, a magnificent flowering gum (Corymbia Ficifolia) has burst into bloom and is attracting native birds and insects to the feast.

Here are some photos taken with a77ii and SAL70400G2 or CZ 24-70mm Vario-Sonnar. C&C welcome.

1. A wide context shot.
Flowering gum by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

2. Bud burst. Still quite a few bunches of buds yet to open.
Flowering gum buds by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

3.
Prolific flowering gum by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

4.
Flowering gum attracting bees by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

5. A Musk Lorikeet flew up into a neighbouring eucalyptus before deciding I'm not a threat.
Musk Lorikeet perching by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

6. And quickly resumed its feeding.
Musk Lorikeet feeding by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

7. And one of the much more common Rainbow Lorikeets that live in tree hollows in our street.
Rainbow Lorikeet on flowering gum by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

8.
Acrobatic Rainbow Lorikeet feeding by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

9.
Rainbow Lorikeet calling by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

10.
Rainbow Lorikeet feasting by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

11. And also on display, this white Hibiscus flower.
Hibiscus flower by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

12. And a Paper Flower Bouganvillea.
Paper flower Bouganvillea by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

With the flowering gum looking set to open lots more buds in the coming while, I'll get down there with my camera and add more as I can. There are other birds like Red Wattle birds and Little honey-eaters competing with the lorikeets although the latter tend to dominate with their raucous calling and bustling behaviour.

Thanks for looking.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 January 2019 at 17:00
Nice set Joe, #11 is the winner for me, but by a small margin with #12. Great detail and colours without blowing out the reds.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote svjetlana Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 January 2019 at 23:39
This thread reminds me that I live in northern hemisphere.
Temporarily I am completely surrounded by only one color - white! There is so much snow everywhere around me. It snows everyday for days. I love it but your colorful images remind me that there are other colors as well.
You had some challenging conditions to work with like strong sunlight but you've managed to keep the colors real.
#11 works the best for me too for its gentleness and composition.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 January 2019 at 02:21
Thanks for comments and feedback. It's lovely to enjoy the warmth and colour of summer, and when we're in the depths of our winter, to see a glimpse of that via Dyxum members in the northern hemisphere even though our winters are mild by comparison.

The bright sunshine does make photographing a bit tricky, so as best I can I've tried to focus on shaded parts, although that doesn't always work if a lorikeet is the main subject.

Here are some more taken today using a99ii with SAL100M28 Macro.
Again, C&C welcome.

13. Getting up closer to those bursting buds.
Macro buds, Flowering Gum by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

14.
Alighting for nectar, Flowering Gum by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

15. Last summer's gum-nuts, the seed pods of the fertilised flowers that gradually dry out and crack open to sprinkle their seeds. As kids we would create toy pipes by making hole in the side and gluing a stick into it, and pretend to be pipe smokers in our recreation of the Wild West inspired by the matinee movies.
Gumnuts, Flowering Gum by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

16.
Burrowing in, Flowering Gum by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

17.
Sea of red, Flowering Gum by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

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