Photograph of lorikeets flocking to Sydney watering hole lays bare the impact of the drought

A perfectly-timed photograph of a flock of lorikeets drinking from a watering hole opens a window into the drought gripping Australia’s East coast.

The snapshot from inside Rookwood cemetery in Sydney shows the colourfully feathered friends drinking from the last remaining body of water on the grounds.

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Wildlife photographer Sarah Allen, 43, was exploring the sprawling graveyard when she spotted the birds flocking to the watering hole.

Mum-of-one Sarah, originally from Canada, said: “Almost all the water here has dried up, so they all flocked to the last watering hole.

“On the one hand it shows the drought, but I also love these birds, they have so much personality and bright colours.

“I had to creep up so I wouldn’t startle them, and I managed to capture this just before they got spooked flew off.”

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Farmers are facing devastation across New South Wales and Queensland in what is being called the worst drought in living memory.

But they aren’t the only ones suffering, with wildlife drawn out of their habitats in search of food and water.

Rainbow lorikeets are native to bushland on the nation’s east coast and are known for swooping on balconies expecting to be fed.

Sarah, who began working as a full-time photographer six years ago, said: “I’ve gravitated to this area lately because the normal bird hotspots are empty now.

“Hopefully we get more relief soon.”