We were sitting having lunch when a couple of these colourful birds dropped in to see what was on offer. After sizing up the healthy options, one of the birds decided it would have a bit of sweet treat, and it stole a packet of sugar from a nearby table. It sat on a wire, opened the packet and eat the sugar - all with one foot! Not hard to work out why these birds are considered highly intelligent.
This bird occurs over much of central and western Australia - which is why I need to travel to see it. Going by the name of Barnardius zonarius its about 35 cm long and is also called the Port Lincoln Parrot and the Twenty Eight Parrot and The Australian Ringneck (some books consider each of these to be different species, some say that they are just races of one species.) I have to say I rather like them.
The next picture was taken at Ormiston Gorge on our way to Kings Canyon - it was a wonderful place. This picture does show that it was not all plain sailing on this trip - the light was almost always a combination of deep shade and bright sunshine - so I was rather pleased to find this bird in dappled sunlight.
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