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Old July 20th, 2013, 12:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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A couple for the bird fanciers . . .

These Crimson Rosellas visit the eucalypt trees around our place fairly regularly but they haven't, before now, come down so close to the back door.

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Old July 20th, 2013, 04:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old July 20th, 2013, 04:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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funny you mention Rosellas... I snapped these two from my back door yesterday...

I could hear this small clicking sound outside ?.. and went to investigate..

. it was these guys chewing into some tree fruits and crunching on the seeds to eat them....
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Very exotic visitors - they must think human beings look so dull !
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Old July 20th, 2013, 06:51 AM   #5 (permalink)
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You guys have the coolest birds.
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Old July 20th, 2013, 06:57 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I saw 3 herons and a grass snake in Wanstead park last week (we do pretty well for wildlife in London, believe it or not), but I can't compete with those colours. Amazing.

The older I get the more excited I am by things like that. Luckily my 6-year-old son loves it all, too.

Thanks for posting such great pictures.
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Old July 20th, 2013, 07:50 AM   #7 (permalink)
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You guys have the coolest birds.
Ditto, very colorful birds!
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Old July 20th, 2013, 08:18 AM   #8 (permalink)
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funny you mention Rosellas... I snapped these two from my back door yesterday...

I could hear this small clicking sound outside ?.. and went to investigate..

. it was these guys chewing into some tree fruits and crunching on the seeds to eat them....
Pale Headed Rosellas. Quite a few of them around here. I once saw a pair - one Pale and one Eastern ... would have loved to have seen what came out of their nest!

Crimson Rosellas are my favourite bird for colour - them and female Eclectus. Though you need to go to far north to see them.

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i can't imagine living somewhere where it's like 'oh, yeah, there were 230 of those things here yesterday".

Also, I'm betting when you guys see a common North American bird like a Blue Jay or Catbird, it's not nearly as interesting.
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this pair live close by.. they come here most days to drink from the water bowl on the veranda.... and are always out in the yard somewhere..on the ground eating grass seeds or in trees browsing flowers/fruits...

they are very cautious when they come to drink and take turns while the other one watches....
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i can't imagine living somewhere where it's like 'oh, yeah, there were 230 of those things here yesterday".

Also, I'm betting when you guys see a common North American bird like a Blue Jay or Catbird, it's not nearly as interesting.
Bluejays and Cardinals are pretty cool. It's the squirels and chipmunks I watch when I'm there - they're exotic to me. Also, we have no hummingbirds or woodpeckers, and a Loon is memorable.

But if you want colour, here's the place for it. On your average day, I have 5 or 6 parrot species in my back yard. Sometimes 10. I once counted 25 species of bird in less than an hour in my back yard at dusk. Australia is very, very diverse. Very alive. Helps that there are only 20 million people.
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Bluejays and Cardinals are pretty cool. It's the squirels and chipmunks I watch when I'm there - they're exotic to me. Also, we have no hummingbirds or woodpeckers, and a Loon is memorable.

But if you want colour, here's the place for it. On your average day, I have 5 or 6 parrot species in my back yard. Sometimes 10. I once countend 25 species of bird in less than an hour in my back yard at dusk. Australia is very, very diverse. Very alive. Helps that there are only 20 million people.
Are the birds protected or could you make a pet out of Parrot if you wanted to?
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Are the birds protected or could you make a pet out of Parrot if you wanted to?
No. You can only get a parrot from a breeder. There are still those people who will raid a nest, but the practice is very discouraged - especially in the rarer species, as you can imagine. There are a couple of Black Cockatoo species that are quite rare.

One parrot is extinct.

Galahs (Frankie, in my avatar is one) are now much more common (as are most cockatoo species) thatn they ever were as they prefer the cleared agricultural land to the native bush, like the 'Roos.

Also, lorikeets are very common in the cities because people plant their food trees (nectar producing bushes and trees). Can you imagine what a flock of Cockatoos does to a peanut plantation? Or a sunflower field?! They have enemies, that's for sure.

A family group of Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos is a wonderful thing to come across. Seriously big parrots. And very wise.

Australia has 800 species of bird. It's difficult to learn them all.
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It kind of sucks that here in america we allways get shows on the animals from austrialia like the kangaroo or your the invasive frogs and stuff you have and never get any shows on animals like those birds. I bet you guys also have a lot of cool native plants and flowers we see nothing about. I'm not saying kangaroos aern't cool and stuff they are.

It's just I bet people in other countrys miss getting to learn about a lot of great wildlife because of stuff like that.
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It kind of sucks that here in america we allways get shows on the animals from austrialia like the kangaroo or your the invasive frogs and stuff you have and never get any shows on animals like those birds. I bet you guys also have a lot of cool native plants and flowers we see nothing about. I'm not saying kangaroos aern't cool and stuff they are.

It's just I bet people in other countrys miss getting to learn about a lot of great wildlife because of stuff like that.
Watch the video I posted above. It's 50 minutes long. Unfortunately it's the "americanised" version (the original is narrated by an Australian), but it's good either way.
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It must suck to be a bird when it rains for a week....
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i can't imagine living somewhere where it's like 'oh, yeah, there were 230 of those things here yesterday".

Also, I'm betting when you guys see a common North American bird like a Blue Jay or Catbird, it's not nearly as interesting.
I'm a bird freak too. I must say, the catbird is one of my absolute favorites.
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I'm a bird freak too. I must say, the catbird is one of my absolute favorites.
Oh, I like them an enjoy their antics as I do with most of our common gray and brown birds, I just wish we had some more exotic looking stuff.
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Very nice shots and very colorful neighbors.
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Australia does indeed have some amazing wildlife.

It's just a pity that about 20% of it can kill you!
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