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Whether you're walking around your neighbourhood, in your backyard, or out on a hike, keep an eye out for rainbow lorikeets feeding on plants!
When the bird has finished feeding and moved on, be sure to take at least three photos for plant identification:
To make an observation:
Ensure all information is filled in correctly, including the date and time the lorikeet was observed feeding on the plant species, the photos are uploaded in your observation, and the location of the plant species.
To help us determine what rainbow lorikeets are feeding on at different times of the year, and to save you adding new observations of rainbow lorikeets feeding on the same tree, you can simply EDIT your observations!
After you have made an observation of a particular tree/plant species on iNaturalist, you can simply edit your observation to add in new dates and times you have observed the rainbow lorikeets coming back to the same plant.
To do this, follow these steps:
Ensure you include both the new date and the new time (including either am or pm).
Repeat this step each time you observe a Rainbow Lorikeet feeding in the trees/plant species you have already added into iNaturalist.
How to fill in the ‘What did you see?’
The best way to fill in this part of the observation, is dependent on the photos you add to the observation:
1. The photos are of a plant species I am unfamiliar with and/or do not know the name of AND THERE IS NO RAINBOW LORIKEEET IN THE PHOTO
2. The photos are of a plant species I know the name of
3. The photos are of plant species I am unfamiliar with and/or do not know the name of BUT THERE IS A RAINBOW LORIKEET IN THE PHOTO
What does captive/cultivated mean?
Checking captive/cultivated means that the observation is of an organism that exists in the time and place it was observed because humans intended it to be then and there.
Likewise, wild/naturalised organisms exist in particular times and places because they intended to do so.