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"It was raining raining and dull all morning, when at last the sun came out to brighten their day. A group of rainbow lorikeets starting courting, dancing and preening. This couple were preening their wet feather and happened to rub their heads along their feathers in a synchronised motion," says Sandy Carroll
The rainbow lorikeet is an unmistakable native bird that mainly lives in coastal northern and eastern Australia.
Photo credit: Sandy Carroll