Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Wild Bird Wednesday 352 - Australian King Parrot

We were visited by a small flock of Australian King Parrots (Alisterus scapularis) during our recent trip away to Lorne.  The house we rented was surrounded by rather impressive woodland - bush as they say here - and on one afternoon the King Parrots arrived looking for a feed.  Luckily, the 'bean bags' I often use to support my cameras are full of pearl barley, so I was able to oblige without much guilt!

Although it was fun to see the birds on the table, I think the best pictures are the ones in the trees.  The birds with red head are males - the full red heads being adults, those with patchy red are immatures.  The birds without red on the head are females.

















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24 comments:

Phil Slade said...

Stewart. The camouflage of that female is wonderful. It must be hard to follow that one through a viewfinder.

Rhodesia said...

Such beautiful birds you are lucky with the variety you have over there. Cheers Diane

Sharon Wagner said...

Wow! The males are striking. I was just reading about the kakapos in New Zealand and wondered if you'd ever seen one.

Margaret Birding For Pleasure said...

Such a beautiful birds Stewart. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week ahead.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Handsome birds! Those "bean" bags came in handy!

David M. Gascoigne, said...

It is indeed a spectacular bird. Maybe it's time to add a little sunflower seed to the bags, millet perhaps, a few peanuts. This could be the start of a whole new trend for bird photographers!

Anne (cornucopia) said...

What a beautiful bird, Stewart, and it blends in so well with the background, despite the red on its chest. (The one with the red head sticks out, though.)

Brian King said...

Gorgeous birds!

Екатерина Балагурова said...

King parrot is amazing bird! And it has very clever eyes =)

This N That said...

Wonderful pictures..Beautiful bird..He looks Christmassy..Love the background you found hime in..Nice pictures.Great Camouflage.Hope you are having a good week..

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
They are just gorgeous aren't they?! YAM xx

Marie Smith said...

Such brilliant colours. Gorgeous!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Another amazing backyard bird. Only in Australia...(at least as far as I know) .. You guys have all the luck! ... Great pictures too, especially since you didn’t have your camera steadier, since the birds ate it )). Thanks for hosting!

Lea said...

Beautiful!

italiafinlandia said...

They are beautiful!
Have a happy Easter time, Stewart!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Beautiful creatures. I'll bet a flock is plenty loud.

Rohrerbot said...

OMG! My new favorite parrot!!!

Nathalie SANTA MARIA said...

Not easy photograph this parrot !
Great show, well done Stewart.

Linda said...

Beautiful birds, very showy!

JP A Quiet Corner said...

I wonder why parrots always look so intelligent to me? Oh, one more thing...that's the next thing on my list...bean bags....:)JP

Nora said...

Wonderful photos and I hope you are having a wonderful Easter also. I have been having a difficult time getting the InLinkz to work but hopefully next week I will be able to get it to work again. cheers. Nora

Adam Jones said...

That is a rather cool looking parrot Stewart. Happy Easter to you, and thanks for hosting.

Emma said...

Great photos! I have been seeing quite a few of these guys around lately - saw two in Kew yesterday!

Lady Fi said...

Aewww - adorable shots!