Redcliffe Pier

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

UNEXPECTED VISITORS

The Australian King Parrot is a beautiful bird. We don't usually see them around our home. I have seen them before in National Parks but not in the suburbs. So it was a big surprise when six of them landed on our deck the other morning. We don't have any feeders or feed any of the birds or local wildlife as our wildlife experts strongly advise that we don't feed our native animals. It is because they stop learning to forage for themselves and can suffer if the artificial source of food stops being available, like when we go on holidays or move house.
There were 3 couples. They are very timid so I took all these shots through the glass windows trying not to scare them away.

 The King Parrot is a broad tailed parrot. The male has a red head and chest.

 The female is mostly green with red underpants underparts.

 Mr and Mrs.

 "Stop nagging woman!" 

"Just checking on you in there with the camera. This is my best side" (through glass and fly screen)

31 comments:

  1. this is thrilling to me just seeing your photos and i can't imagine how thrilling it would be to see them outside my door.

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  2. how cute!!! so sweet to see 6 at once!

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  3. They are certainly beautiful with their vivid colors. And they remind me of Christmas . . .

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  4. Those are such good photos considering you took them through the window. I know parrots are very noisy but I look to see there vivid colourings.

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  5. What a bonus! [underpants - :)]

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  6. Oh my, it doesn't get more colorful than this. They are beautiful and you are so lucky to have captured such great images.

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  7. Those are such exotic birds to see. Love the colours.

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  8. I remember we had a pet pair in a large aviary when we were kids. It is amazing how adaptable they are to climate as they range from southern Victoria to as far north as Cooktown.

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  9. What beautiful birds those are.

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  10. Lucky lucky Diane. It is such a thrill to have beautiful birds visit.

    I love King Parrots and delight to hear their high pitched whistle. We often have them in our garden but a lot more in late Summer.

    I find that they are far from timid, especially if one of your neighbours has been feeding them. So next time they visit go outside, they will probably let you get very close.

    I reckon they are begging for food but I personally never feed them myself.

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  11. How cool, they are beautiful birds! You are lucky they stopped by to see you, even without any food offerings. Wonderful photos, Diane!

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  12. WOW---those are gorgeous parrots... Love the colors. Even the females are beautiful.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  13. These are beautiful birds. It was nice of the three couples to stop by your house for a visit.

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  14. They are such a pretty bird Diane, love their coloring. I would be very happy to see these surprise visitors.

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  15. that would've certainly caught you by surprise to have them come visit you - especially six in one hit. Lovely parrots; hope they come visit more often. Like you, I agree wholeheartedly on the non-feeding of the natives. Water though is an essential...

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  16. Oh they're gorgeous. I can only imagine seeing those outside my window. (I've never heard anyone say that about bird feeders over here... I hope it's not true here.)

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  17. How wonderful. They make the sparrows that come into my garden look dull - as if they have been pictured in greyscale rather than full colour.

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  18. What gorgeous birds! The red is just amazing, and how lucky to have them show off so close to your windows.

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  19. So pretty are their colours. I like your discription :)

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  20. What lovely visitors!! We had a parrot when I was growing up. He was loud and happy and liked to have his head scratched. I loved him!

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  21. Wow ! what a surprise ! Fortunately your windows were clean (apparently, lol)

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  22. Very exotic. Wonderful colours too. If I saw those here I'd think they'd escaped from a pet shop!

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  23. Yes they are just beautiful birds, in fact they are one of Tim's most favourite birds

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  24. I agree with everything Sandra said....thrilling to see such gorgeous birds

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  25. Stunning colours - what a treat to find such creatures on your deck!

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  26. What lovely parrots. I love the bright colors of green and red. Like Christmas as mentioned in a comment above. Have a great weekend. Jo

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  27. How unusual to have 6 King Parrots and to capture the photos. I thought it great just seeing 2 in my trees one day. You obviously have the right trees planted for them to visit. They are certainly colourful birds.

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  28. The birds of Australia to me are simply incredible! How amazing to look outside and see these on your porch. Great shots Diane!

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