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I love lorikeets — small rainbow-coloured parrots and usually, when I hear them chittering and screeching in my tree at home in the morning, I smile. It’s such a happy sound.

But here in Coolangatta, where my writers’ retreat takes place, hundreds of them nest in the Norfolk Island Pine trees that line the street outside. So in the evening, when they come in to sleep, and at dawn when they wake, they make a tremendous racket. It’s quite deafening. By the time the sun’s up, they’re gone to wherever they go to forage for the day. (Probably to the nearby Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where people love to feed them.)

You should be able to hear them on this link. Turn the volume up.

The video was taken by Fiona McArthur, one of my retreat friends, this morning at dawn. It explains why I sleep with the doors shut, even though the sea breeze is gorgeous.
If  the link doesn’t work here it is again.

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Annette N
Annette N
3 months ago

Y’all have some of the world’s most beautiful birds. Thank you for sharing.

3 months ago
Reply to  Annette N

They are gorgeous, Annette — glad you enjoyed them.