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    Post by Joy on Thu 12 Feb 2015, 3:18 pm

    A scaly-breasted lorikeet getting right in amonst the cocos palm flower. It's head is twisted right round to its back. There were three of them on this flower but I could not capture them all as they were right up at the top & inside the flower itself.

    These birds tend to roost with the rainbow lorikeets in the trees in our area & we have seen then roosting with musk lorikeets although we don't generally see the musks around in our yard. The scaly-breasted lorikeets are smaller thn the rainbow lorikeets with the musk lorikeet smaller again.
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    Post by Joy on Thu 12 Feb 2015, 3:22 pm

    A couple of bees flying about.
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    Post by Joy on Thu 12 Feb 2015, 3:23 pm

    Two of the three scaly-breasted lorikeets feasting on the cocos palm flower. The bees don't bother them at all.
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    Post by Joy on Thu 12 Feb 2015, 3:26 pm

    Getting right down into the flower.
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    Post by Joy on Thu 12 Feb 2015, 3:28 pm

    Plent of bees.
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    Post by Joy on Thu 12 Feb 2015, 3:29 pm

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    Post by Joy on Thu 12 Feb 2015, 3:30 pm

    The blurs on the lorikeet are the busily buzzing bees.
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    Post by Joy on Thu 12 Feb 2015, 3:32 pm

    The small smudge of green down in the righthand corner is another scaly-breated lorikeet inside the flower.
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    Post by Joy on Thu 12 Feb 2015, 3:33 pm

    The pollen sacs on the bee flying past the lorikeet are full.
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    Post by granny on Fri 13 Feb 2015, 6:18 pm


    Wow Joy!!  Amazing pictures.  I can't believe what great pictures you could get of the bees and lorikeet!  So great to see the little wings on the bees and feathers of the birds. :bravo: 
    Thank you so much!
                   :photos:  Granny
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    Post by Joy on Sat 14 Feb 2015, 7:40 am

    Thanks Granny.  :D So pleased you like these pics. I guess we can can get a bit blasé about the wonderful birdlife we are fortunate enough to see in our yard.  :smile: :cool4:
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    Post by granny on Sat 14 Feb 2015, 1:23 pm

    :yes:  Love your birds and bees.  I never see that many bees here.  Enjoy them for me.
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    Post by Joy on Sat 14 Feb 2015, 2:29 pm

    We tend not to see that many bees either, Granny, just the occasional one except when there is something they fancy in flower, such as these cocos palm flowers or when our echinopsis seminudus cactus flowers. 

    Wonder what the honey made from the pollen & nectar of these flowers would taste like? Also, I wonder if the beekeeper even knows where his bees wander to in their nectar/pollen gathering trips.  :laugh:

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    Post by granny on Mon 16 Feb 2015, 12:09 am

    I bet the honey would be really good.  I was wonder if there is a beekeeper or if they are just wild bees.
      It would be bad if the honey was going to a tree somewhere in the forest.  The little bees were really working hard.
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    Post by Joy on Mon 16 Feb 2015, 9:59 am

    These are honey bees, Granny, which aren't native & are usually "owned" by a beekeeper. They move their hives around according to what's in flower but am not sure they realise their bees love cocos palm flowers so much. :lol2:  Think they are probably hoping they'll go to the flowering native trees & plants. Apparently bees will travel long distances from their hives to find food. Sometimes they "escape" & become wild, building nests in trees. 

    Our 1500 species of native bees are solitary except for 10 species of stingless social bees & not so noticeable.
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    Post by granny on Tue 17 Feb 2015, 1:44 am


    Wow!  I did know there was that many species of bees.  Hope someone get to enjoy the honey.  The little guys worked so hard getting the pollen.
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    Post by Joy on Tue 17 Feb 2015, 9:46 am

    May of our native bees don't look like bees as we think bees should look, Granny so it is easy to miss them, especially as they are mostly solitary. 

    There are pics of one of our native bees I have seen on our back patio. Here's the link: Native Bee

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