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Musk Lorikeets (Glossopsitta concinna) are found in southeastern Australia, including Tasmania. They group together in flocks within dry eucalypt forests and suburban areas. Musk Lorikeets use their specially designed brush-tipped tongues to gather nectar and pollen from flowering trees, although they also occasionally feed on seeds and small insects.
“How many are your works, O LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures…These all look to you to give them their food at the proper time. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things.” (Psalm 104:24, 27-28)
I took this photograph one early summer’s evening. It took some time for the flock of Musk Lorikeets to get used to me, but when they finally did, this particular bird sat still for quite a long time and allowed me to zoom in and get a series of really nice shots in this stunning gum tree, which was coming into full bloom. I am not sure which one of the 900 different eucalypt species this tree is as it is not a Tasmanian native.
I marvel at the sophisticated design of the Musk Lorikeet’s tongue, which is so perfectly designed by the Creator to gather the essential nectar which they need to live.