Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Wild Bird Wednesday 30 - Green Rosella

The Green Rosella (Platycercus caledonicus) is only found in Tasmania, despite a name that suggests it comes from New Caledonia.

Thankfully for a bird with a restricted range it is still common - in fact in some places in Tasmania it is the commonest parrot.  This being said, most of the view I got were of birds on the wing!

This individual is clearly in much better shape that the one the collided with our window.

I took these shots through the open passenger window of my car as I was parked in the middle of the road.  Its a good job that there is not very much traffic on Bruny Island.

Like most parrots they do seem to have the look of a character about them.  This bird was very pleased to show off both profiles.  There were two other birds in some longer grass in a shallow ditch at the base of the fence, but they did not want to cooperate.

Green Rosella

Green Rosella
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54 comments:

EG CameraGirl said...

I like the way it posed for you on the fence.

Larry said...

Wow, what a gorgeous parrot Stewart! Again, thanks for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday!

Gowri Saligram said...

What a bird! So exotic! Loved it.

Hanne Bente said...

Beautiful parrot viewing. My oldest son has had such a for a number of years ago - maybe a little shame to keep such a large bird in a cage :) Hanne Bente

TexWisGirl said...

gorgeous, gorgeous bird!!!

i stora drag said...

How wonderful to see these birds out in the free! Nice shots, Stewart, and good there wasn't much traffic!
Greetings Pia

dinascitywildlife.com said...

You have some beautiful birds over there. Great catch!

Andrea said...

He has a commanding presence. A beautiful Parrot and a free Parrot ... The best kind. Beautiful picture, Stewart ... You don't think he would be wonderful with orange added? :) Love hearing from you, always ...

Andrea @ Fromthe Sol

Pam ;) said...

I suggest everyone click on your pics to get a close-up view of these colorful and elegant parrots.
In the middle of the road and thru the window of your car- Wow great captures, Stewart.

Phyllis Oller said...

Beautiful parrot,he certainly was posing for you!phyllis

Jori said...

Amazing!

Jackie said...

That is one beautiful bird. I wish we had them in the wild here. You got some great shots.

Thanks for inviting me to add my link.

Happy WBW everyone!

Karen said...

What a fabulous bird! We only see them in cages here in Canada.

Carletta said...

These are fine captures Stewart!
I love that you got him on the fence and that his head was turned away but looking back. This way we get to see all the wonderful colors of his feathers.

Findlay Wilde said...

A really lovely bird. Don't think I will be getting one of those on my feeders. From Findlay

Richard Pegler said...

Very fine images of a very fine bird, Stewart!

Mama Zen said...

Wow! What a gorgeous bird!

HansHB said...

A nice bird. Lovely colours!
Great photowork!

mick said...

That is a beautiful rosella - another bird I haven't seen but would like to!

Amanda said...

lovely shots, I love how they show the green down the back. I hit one once too - terrible cliche but it came out of nowhere.. as I'm sure it did for you. Always horrible but can be quite fascinating seeing birds up so close when they have died.

dancingaspensfarm said...

Wow!! What a wonderful bird!

Carole M. said...

a lovely looking rosella - less intense in colouring than the Eastern and very handsome!

Becky said...

A very beautiful bird. I'm wondering if they can be tamed?

DIMI said...

Hallo Stewart!After the dolphins comes the Rosella birds!Gorgeous birds!!Great shots!Have a lovely day!
Dimi..

eileeninmd said...

Stewart, your Rosella is beautiful. Great sighting and your photos are wonderful. I am glad there was not much traffic. Thanks for hosting, have a great week!

Brian King said...

A very pretty bird! The fence perch is awesome! Very nice shots!

Black Jack's Carol said...

I think we're pretty lucky here in B.C. with the number of bird species we get to see, but oh.. my.. goodness! I can't imagine getting to see a parrot. That just doesn't happen (unless someone's poor caged pet escapes). Wonderful photos too! Thanks, Stewart!

Kerri said...

Green is my favorite color.... so this bird steals my heart! What a beautiful creature!

Wally Jones said...

Stewart, what a really attractive bird! With those colors, I'm surprised they haven't been hunted to extinction.

Very nice "target of opportunity"!

Lazey Winde said...

Being a New Englander it's always so strange to see parrots in the wild (Once upon a time we had a Carolina Parakeets but sadly they're extinct) and I'm jealous, not many of our wild birds are colorful.

Gorgeous bird and great shot! I've only tried to photograph wild birds a few times and they never pose like that!

grammie g said...

Hi Stewart...Love those colors, of this amazing birds photos!
I believe the only Parrots I will ever see will be in a cage, which is sad!!
Grace

Connie Smiley said...

It's so beautiful, Stewart! And so much nicer than the way we see them here, in a little cage.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Impressive! You got both profile views. You were very skillful at capturing his gorgeous plumage.

pattisjarrett said...

What a pretty bird!

Sleepshort Tripod said...

I love parrots. These are great photos that you've captured too.
Thanks for this delightful post.

Phil said...

A nice looking and somewhat subdued plumage for a parrot Stewart. I'll bet its calls aren't so subtle though?

Dianna said...

Beautiful photos.
I attempted (for the first time) to add my link, but was unsuccessful. Here's the link to my post:
http://thesedaysofmine.com/2013/02/06/wordless-wednesday-early-one-morning/

Jo said...

You need a sticker I saw in South Africa (and wish I could find!) It says: Beware: vehicle may stop suddenly. Birdwatching in progress! I love the Green Rosella and am glad it's OK after colliding with your window. Have a great day. Jo

Mary Howell Cromer said...

What a stunning looking, colourful bird Stewart. I have only seen one kind of free flying Parrot species down in Florida. To see these out in the wild, how spectacular that must be~

Misty DawnS said...

What a truly beautiful bird!

Hilke Breder said...

I always marvel at the colorful and exotic birds you see - for me it's like being in a zoo! Beautiful images of a very handsome and proud-looking parrot!

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful, colorful bird - looks great perched on the weathered wood fence.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

What a beautiful bird Stewart!! I need to visit Tasmania someday.

Neil said...

Beautiful Parrot.

Fergiemoto said...

Very cool! Interesting primary colors (red yellow blue) on its head.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

So many wonderful colors on this parrot...it must be magical to have birds like this around you, it looks like a Disney cartoon bird, not real. cheers.

Jen said...

That is one beautiful parrot. Thanks for posting and thanks for hosting.

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful bird!

Gemma Wiseman said...

This little guy has quite dark colour tones in contrast with the yellow! Love his poses for you!

Les Fous du Cap said...

Hi !
In the front of the second picture is a Mediterannean gull (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus)
Have a good day ;-)
CĂ©line & Philippe

Liz said...

What a great looking Rosella! I've never seen these before.

I missed the link up with WBW this week, unfortunately.

Marie said...

He's a really lovely bird, Stewart!

Ramona @pwconnect said...

Love this! Such great photos everyone. I like to photograph birds, too, but mine are just embarrassing compared to these! LOL

NatureFootstep said...

this is a stunning parrot. Thanks for sharing these beautiful shots.