Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Australian Birds: Crimson Rosella (Platycercus eximius)

I can never tell what I'll find when I head out of the house. This fine afternoon, I found a pair of eastern rosellas, but only one of them would oblige me by sitting long enough to sit still for a photograph or three.

He looked very handsome in the afternoon light, even when preparing to fly.

I encountered them on another walk - this one in the morning but, as soon as I turned the camera towards them, they took wing. Here's all I got.

To find out more about the crimson rosella, try visiting the following sites:

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Australian Birds: Superb Parrot (Polytelis swainsonii)

On a grey morning, I went out to look for birds. I didn't have a lot of luck, but I did spot these beauties coming in to land on this tree. I'd noticed them on other walks, on the ground, but this particular morning, they did not oblige by coming out of the tree.

The first shot shows where they landed.

 The next few shots catch show a glimpse of yellow and red.

But it wasn't until this one turned side on, that I had enough to be able to identify them. I'm thinking the males have yellow faces.

 And the females or juveniles are all green... maybe.

Apparently, the superb parrot is a threatened species, so I feel particularly lucky to have been able to photograph these.

More information on superb parrots can be found at the following sites: