What do rainbow lorikeets eat?

Well, I thought I knew the answer to that. They eat fruits, nuts and nectar. However, today 3 rainbow lorikeets landed on a paperbark tree in my garden which is flowering. They ignored the flowers and started to move among the branches, looking for all the world like they were searching for food.

But what? I haven’t a clue what they were finding and eating. It looked like they were using their beaks to dig something out from under the bark. Nope, I couldn’t see what it was.

If any reader knows what they were hunting for, please share your knowledge.

What is this rainbow lorikeet looking for? The paperbark tree is actually flowering, but it is ignoring those.

What is this rainbow lorikeet looking for? The paperbark tree is actually flowering, but it is ignoring those.

Found it!

Found it!

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