Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Wild Bird Wednesday 164 - Crimson Rosella

I think I have have a chance at taking out the 'most insanely colourful bird on this weeks WBW' award this week.

These birds are Crimson Rosellas - Platycercus elegans - which means Elegant Broad-tail, which does seem to miss the point somewhat!

These birds are about 35 cm long and the male and females have very simulate plumages.  The multi-coloured birds here are all juveniles of one sex or another.  I wont make a fool of myself by trying to sex either the adult birds or the juvs!

These pictures were taken very close to the accommodation we stayed in at Wilsons Prom (yes this post is from there again!) and although there are clear instructions all over the place not to feed the birds it was clear they were looking for a meal.  These chaps are cleaning up the mess left behind after cutting up some explosively crusty burger buns!







You may be able to tell that it was a little damp just before I took these shots!

Now it's over to you and that big blue button!  Remember to visit as many WBWers as you can and to invite new bloggers to join in!  Cheers SM

42 comments:

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Those colors are unbelievable. Wonderful crisp feather detail.

Sharon Wagner said...

Holy cow! They're all amazing. But the top one is a vivid stunner.

Sylvia K said...

Such awesome colors they are indeed!! WOW!!! Terrific captures/detail!! Thanks, as always, for sharing the beauty!!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Stewart, they are beautiful and colorful birds. Wonderful series of photos. Thanks for hosting, have a happy week!

Findlay Wilde said...

They are stunning. It must have been tempting to explode a few more crusty buns.

Rhodesia said...

You are so lucky to have such colourful birds over there. Great photos. Thanks for the comment on my 'bird tab' I will look the birds up that you have mentioned. Diane

Chris Rohrer said...

This is one of those birds I hope to see one day. What a beauty!! The color on this parrot is outstanding.

Bas said...

wat een schoonheden wat zien ze er goed uit.

darlin said...

Stewart, wow these are stunning photos, the color, clarity and dof is unbelievable! Great to see your shots again, it's been a while since I've wondered around saying hello to those I have met in the past here and lo and behold here you are posting some stunning photos - well done my friend! Cheers.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
as bright as the adults are; the juveniles take the crumb... as it were!!! YAM xx

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

suchh vibrant colours

EG CameraGirl said...

Yep, I bet you win this week's award for colours!

Black Jack's Carol said...

I thought I might have won the "most insanely colourful" award with my Wood Duck photos, Stewart, but absolutely concede defeat to these magnificent Crimson Rosellas. Wow! How wonderful to see them here (probably about as close as i will ever come to one). Thanks so much for your faithful attention to this fascinating meme!

Silver Parrot said...

Gorgeous photos as always - you are so lucky to have wild parrot species around and this is a beautiful example!

Marcia said...

Almost too colorful to be believable. Are they parakeets/budgies?

Black Jack's Carol said...

Hi again, Stewart. An attempt to edit my post ended up with deleting over half of it. My link will not work now, but will fix it this evening. So sorry!

Brian King said...

Gorgeous birds! Wow!

Anni said...

A rainbow of colors!!!

TexWisGirl said...

so gorgeous!

June Caedmon said...

Wow, Stewart! and I thought my guy was a pop of colour! Yours are rainbow birds - great captures!

photodoug said...

Stewart, that's some colorful bird. Thanks for sharing.

Beth said...

They certainly beat our pigeons, crows, gulls and sparrows begging for handouts!

DeniseinVA said...

Those are such colorful little birds. I wish we had them here.

Linda W. said...

Wow - so colorful! I love it!

Liz said...

Gorgeous shots Stewart! I have only ever seen the adults. Those Juveniles are very colourful.

Jo said...

Ohhhh, what a colorful bird! Thanks for sharing and also for hosting this meme. Enjoy your day. Jo

Lee said...

Stunning...I could never tire of looking at these. :)

Breathtaking said...

Hello Stewart!:)Great shots of these fabulous birds, they really are so beautiful. I apologize for my entry this week, not a lot to see.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Just shows that Mother loves color too. I love you, Mother

Andrea Priebe said...

What is it about the color red that is so stunning ... I could sit and drool over these beautiful Crimson Rosellas forever ... even the juveniles look like abstract art. I agree, you win an award for the most colorful birds. I will probably live my lifetime without seeing this bird or anything close to it in the wild ... but I haven't given up yet. Someday soon ... I hope to be going to Thailand next February for my son's Thai Wedding ... I am guessing they have some colorful birds there. (Wish I could skip down to Australia on this trip, but the money is limited.) I'm not giving up on that possibility though ... all I have to do is live long enough and I will get there :) Cheers, Stewart ... great WBW post :)

Andrea @ From The Sol

Missy George said...

Gorgeous..They look like they got sprayed with paint or their colors where not quite sure where they were to go.They must be in the Parrot family? I'm joining you this week but it's a bit of a stretch..:)

TheChieftess said...

Hi Stewart!!! Wow!!! He's a beauty!!!! Such powerful colors! No bird pics on the Viking Cruise, but when I get to our Africa trip I'll have a few!!!

Margaret Adamson said...

I love the colours on these birds. At last I have got caught up with everyone elses post and finally got to yours. Firstly many thanks for linking me in. I was trying to do it in the train from my IPad and I thought I had done it. Eileen ttells me it is possible and this is the second time of trying. It uploaded a picture for me, put it in the place provided and I filled everything in. it said it was DONE. Fortunately I went in to click it myself and discovered just as train was getting to the station, it did not take you to my web page and I made a VERY quick email to you before the train moved off!! Now tht was a close call to missing seeing Aida from ydney Harbour. it was astonding. I wish I could get this to work because if I could, I perhaps ast time could leave my lapopt at home and work from my IPad asI schedule myposts in these days. Anyway, many thanks.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Yes you win that award hands down. These birds are absolutely stunning and it's lovely to imagine seeing them in the wild, right in your own backyard. Wonderful photos. Thanks for them and for hosting!

Liz Needle said...

Beautiful shots of the Rosellas. I am always amazed at the variety of colours they have. Our Adelaide Rosella is a variation of the Crimson and we get colours ranging from pale yellow through orange and crimson. Beautiful birds.

diane b said...

They sure are colourful. The juveniles look like the paint tin spilled onto them.

ladyfi said...

Wow - what gorgeous shots! What lovely birds!

Ranten said...

Beautiful pictures of a very lovely bird! Good luck with your computer!

Bethany Carson said...

They are gorgeous birds! Love the colors.

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

Have to be the most beautiful birds I've ever seen!

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Gorgeous birds! The colours are amazing.

David Gascoigne said...

It's amazing for a visitor from North America to visit Australia and fine rosellas so common. They are remarkable birds.