Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Red-winged Parrots

This post is for Wild Bird Wednesday.


 Nearly every morning I see and hear Red-winged Parrots (Aprosmictus erythropterus) flying overhead.  I recognize their distinctive wing beats and flight pattern and also their rather metallic sounding call - but they seldom come down into my yard and give me a chance to get a good look at them or take a photo.  Early the other morning this one came down into a tree in the backyard but it was almost in silhouette against the morning sun.  I moved around as far as I could go - (backyard fences can be such a nuisance at such times!) - and these were the resulting photos.  I can see the beautiful green plumage and the early morning sun glinting off the foliage of the tree.  I cannot see details but I think this is a female or juvenile with a small red patch on the wings.  The males have a much larger area of red. 



28 comments:

  1. what a gorgeous green coloration!

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  2. Beautiful colour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  3. the green is so beautiful against the blue sky!! what a wonderful moment this must have been!!

    and i don't get the whole fence/no trespassing thing, what a nuisance!

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  4. Good to see they are still around Great photos.

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  5. The are cool birds, parrots are one of my favorites. Especially parrots in the "wild" I feel sorry for the caged birds. Great shots, thanks for sharing your WBW!

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  6. oh lovely shots of this beautiful parrot Mick

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  7. Amazing photos Mick! That green is just electric!

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  8. What a gorgeous bird! Nice shots, Mick!

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  9. We just don't have parrots so its great to see some real live wild ones Mick.

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  10. Great pictures you show of a beautiful green parrot.
    Hanne Bente

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  11. Wonderful shot. Even I do see them flying near my home, but they never pose for me.

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  12. Great shots and lovely green:)Have a great day!

    Shantana

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  13. What a beautiful bird! That green is so striking - thanks for pointing out the red on the wings - I might have missed it - this helps me understand the differences.

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  14. OH my gosh, I'd probably pee my pants if some gorgeous bird like THIS would show up in my backyard. Incredibly beautiful it is.

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  15. ...enjoyed these photos immensely...thanks for stopping by my personal blog today.

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  16. Very nice bird - not one that I get to see too often! I was surprised by the Dark Morph egret as my sources told me that the white ones were more common up north. Maybe it was escaping the winter!

    Stewart M - Melbourne

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  17. Backlit subjects are a real challenge and I think you did well Mick. Those are lovely images!

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  18. Beautiful bird, such a rich colour.

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  19. I think you did very well, Mick. I had a fence problem with my Wild Bird photo this week too...so I know exactly how frustrated you must have felt. :)

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  20. They're so gorgeous! Of course if I ever post a picture of a parrot, the post definitely wouldn't be eligible for WILD Bird Wednesday! I would just love to visit a place someday where I could see these beauties as they are meant to be seen!!!

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  21. how nice of it to come down and pose for you. It might think you earned it. :)

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  22. Te zielone papużki nawet bez dodatku czerwonych piór są śliczne. Piękne zdjęcia. Pozdrawiam.
    These green parakeets, even without the addition of red feathers are beautiful. Beautiful pictures. Yours.

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  23. These are amazing shots ....at first I could not believe you got that close!! What a beauty bird.

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  24. What a gorgeous parrot!! I love the contrast of the bright green against the lovely blue sky!! Beautiful.

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  25. Nice images of the parrot. I must get out to see the several species of exotic parrots that we have in South Florida. None come to visit my yard!

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