Lorakeet Landing at the Zoo

So, another zoo post, and this one will be long and full of photos.  One of the many cool things they have at our zoo is an area called Lorakeet Landing.  Essentially, there is a big caged area, where a large group of lorakeets will fly around and land on you and eat nectar out of little cups. (Don’t look up and open your mouth :-0 ).  I have a variety of photos that I took during the time in the cage, and I have to say, it was an amazingly cool experience, not just the for photography, but just because there’s such a huge difference between having 1 bird of a friend’s land on you and have a flock of birds flying around and making you feel like part of their family.

So here’s the set of photos for people to see and enjoy (I hope).

First and foremost are the kids who were present.

ISO 320, 100mm, f/4.5, 1/125 sec

I love the reactions of the kids, the girl in the hood is terrified, the girl with the bird riding her hair is so excited!


There was another young boy who so wanted to see the birds, but as they came to him, he was TERRIFIED!

ISO 160, 75mm, f/4.0, 1/100 sec

Run Away!!!


My wife got nice with the birds as well, they seemed to think she was a great target for their beaks and for a landing.  First they wanted to check out her forehead.

ISO 125, 75mm, f/4.0, 1/100 sec

I love that face!


After they were done with her face, they moved to her nose 🙂

ISO 250, 75mm, f/4.0, 1/125sec

Nom Nom


Finally, a shot of one of the birds just spectating as its brethren fly about making nice.

ISO 100, 120mm, f/4.5, 1/160sec


I also spent some time trying to get them in flight.  I didn’t have great light, it was pretty cloudy and there was tree cover above us, so there is definitely some blur here, and I forgot to move to shutter priority mode and ramp up that shutter.

Regardless, here are my in flight shots, first two rapid fires of a bird coming up to man’s arm.

ISO 320, 75mm, f/4.5, 1/400 sec


And here’s the landing.

ISO 320, 75mm, f/4.0, 1/400 sec


Another shot in flight as this bird zooms towards more nectar and an unsuspecting human.

ISO 100, 75mm, f/6.3, 1/400 sec



And another flying bird coming for a person.

ISO 250, 75mm, f/4.0, 1/400 sec


And finally, I didn’t miss out on the fun either, the birds liked me as well, even without nectar.  Here are two shots taken with my wife’s iPhone.




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