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Rainbow Lorikeet feeding on lerp

This Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) is using its brush-like tongue to gather lerp – white sugary starch which is excreted by tiny aphid-like bugs feeding on eucalytus sap. Lerp is just about visible in the form of tiny white flecks on some of the surrounding leaves. In dry seasons it can accumulate as a major food-source for countless species of Australian birds... and is also enjoyed by humans!

TAGS: Australia, Wildlife

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Brisbane, Australia
Member since 2018
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© Tony Thulborn.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 12.2017
Total Views: 50
Filed Under: Natural World
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Date Uploaded: July 27, 2018, 4:23 a.m.
Camera Model: NIKON D90
Focal Length: 300mm
Shutter Speed: 1/200
Aperture: f6.3
ISO: ISO1600
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PHOTO LOCATION Brisbane, Australia