Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Sunday Selections

Sunday Selections, brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, is an ongoing theme where participants post previously unused photos languishing in their files.

Anyone can join in, just post your photos under the Sunday Selections title, link back to Kim, then add your name to her Linky list at Frogpondsrock.

I have decided that for the next few weeks I will post photos of a bird species a week in Sunday Selections. Next week, for dinahmow, I am thinking about putting up some photos of wattle birds - which I finally managed to capture while they were not moving.  If I have the birds in one of my folders I would be very open to requests.

This week I am featuring corellas - birds with attitude.  They are not as vivid as some of our birds, but they have won my heart with their swagger.














52 comments:

  1. Love the eye patch...they are sooo cute...especially the acrobat.

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  2. mybabyjohn/Delores: They are not a big bird (much smaller than the cockatoos) but they command the feeder and the apple. And yes, they are cute.

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  3. so beautiful... how awesome to have the variety of birds you do... the only birds i have around here are the black mean ones and the little ones i call McDonald's french fry birds.. sparrows or something like that lol

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  4. Sherri: Thank you. We get both of those too. The place I live is not called the bush capital for no reason, and one of the many pluses about that is the wild life we retain.

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  5. We get the corellas too, this time of year. They chew up the paddocks, feeding on the young roots of the grasses... and, of course, take their shift at our bird feeder. I am fascinated by the way each species takes their turn. Do white cockatoos come to visit you? pranch

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  6. For me, swagger is everything. You can be as pretty/handsome as you want, but unless you have the right attitude you are not going to catch my eye ;)

    I scrolled down to your last post too, and those are some lovely sky images :) It's been a bit of a stormy week everywhere, I think!

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  7. I dont have any requests, as I am happy with any birds you post. A friends daughter had a pet Corella called Ralph. he was incredibly cheeky and would put himself back in his cage each night at bedtime.

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  8. great photos! we get a few birds around here but nothing like these.

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  9. Oh! Wattlebirds for me! Thankyou.
    Right now, up here on the Central Qld. coast, the koels have centre stage.Mind you, the sunbirds are doing their best to outdo them!And last week I saw my first channel bill cuckoo of the season.

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  10. Christine: We have many, many cockatoos - to the distress of one of our neighbours who believes (probably correctly) that they eat more of his walnuts than he does.

    permanently amanda: They have swagger in spades, and with it, claim far more than there fair share of whatever is going. And yes, there do seem to have been a few storms about. Good, rain is good.

    frogpondsrock: I can well believe that a tame corella was super cheeky.

    learncreatdo: They are a joy.

    dinahmow: Wattlebirds for you indeed. I had you in mind as they were taken.

    I would love to see some photos of your visitors which we don't get this far south.

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  11. Look at those happy smiling faces!
    Such a cheeky bird.
    They're beautiful, I wish we had some around here.

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  12. Oh, I think they are adorable! I look forward to seeing the birds from your part of the world. More, please. :-)

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  13. They really are cheeky Pirate Corellas with their eye patches. I especially like the Corella in the last photo hanging upside down eating the apple a real show off indeed :-).

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  14. River: They are special. In theory they are migratory, but they get such good pickings around here that some of them now stay year round.

    DJan: Thanks. You may yet overdose on bird photos from round here.

    Windsmoke. The ones that eat apple are long-beaked corellas, but we can't actually see a lot of difference. Lots of charm though.

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  15. What great captures of these lovely birds!

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  16. ladyfi: And capturing them on camera is the only way to do it.

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  17. These are so great, and such characters! A fabulous selection of photos - you are so clever to be able to capture these pics.

    Hope you're feeling well.

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  18. I love your bird pics. We only see birds like this living in cages. It's fantastic to think of them as backyard visitors (veranda sweepings aside...).

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  19. Alexia: Thank you. The camera deserves much of the credit, and I have many, many photos to choose from. If it makes sense, I am struggling but OK.

    Paper Chipmunk: They are a joy. The feeder is on our front veranda, so it intrigues me to watch which passersby are transfixed, and which treat them with complete ignore. (Which on days when we have fifty or more birds on the lawn I find incomprehensible.)

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  20. This is Geiger commenting.
    I will try to get Dinah to use her picture-box and capture some birds.Well, she wont let us capture them!

    Haha! the word thingummy is witcha. And that's just what she is!

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  21. These are very cute. Love the eye-patches.

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  22. Geiger--I bet these make your mouth water! Do you always peer over Dinah's shoulder when she looks at birds online?

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  23. Geiger: You are very welcome. Hopefully Dinah will catch some birds on her camera. And Jazz n Jewel are not allowed birds here - which upsets them both.

    Carolina: Thank you. They do have style.

    Paper Chipmunk: Wouldn't Dom like a corella or three? Or Larry, or Lila? You are depriving those cats.

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  24. wonderful captures!
    Attitude? Yes LOL


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  25. They may not be colorful but they are smiling with big eyes:) Beautiful also

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  26. We get a gang of them invading the park in Oakleigh and we've roared with laughter watching them piffing tree seeds at cars driving past underneath them as they swing about and chatter to each other.

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  27. Kim @ Stuff: They are beautiful but, as Jayne says, they are also rascals. I love them.

    Jayne: They are a complete hoot aren't they? And not backward about coming forward either.

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  28. Hee,hee.... I remember these cheeky guys. They'd descend on my almond trees just as the amonds were ready, screeching like a prehistoic flock of pterodactyls and proceed to strip it with clinical efficiency in no time at all. My cat hid in the family room and watched them through the french doors :-)

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  29. Marie: Welcome back. You summed them up beautifully. They do look a tad prehistoric (particularly with their crests up) and they have a ball. Jazz n Jewel also watch them from a safe distance. Chittering in lust and longing as they do so.

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  30. Our friend Marie is finally back at her blog... She's had quite a terrible summer, but is now feeling better.

    You can visit her here:
    http://marie-herringblog.blogspot.com/

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  31. ladyfi: Thank you. I have already visited and you are right it was a truly dreadful summer. And more thanks are due to you for encouraging her to join us in the blogosphere again.

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  32. Always remember that feeling inadequate is nothing more than our mind playing tricks on us again. Trust me when I say that I have met many people in the 'real' world and online, and there are too few to mention that have actually been inadequate...umm..and I believe they were all men.;)
    I so envy you for having such a green thumb and being surrounded by all those beautiful birds. I can't grow anything, so my yard in the country has na-da. As far as animals...I could take pics of possums, raccoons, and skunks. Ha..ha.. I don't think those would compare though, huh?

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  33. Silly birdies. I wonder what Liza Bean Bitey would think...

    Pearl

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  34. I also love birds with a swagger. They are usually so entertaining. Great shots and thank you for introducing me to these little corellas. I have never seen this particular bird before.

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  35. Thank you so much for visiting my site. I love the birdie pictures especially the one of the little corella pecking the apple upside down.

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  36. Lou: I would love to see photos of possums (which I think are different to ours), raccoons and skunks?

    Pearl: I suspect that Liza Bean Bitey would think along very similiar lines to Jazz n Jewel.

    Denise: Some parts of Oz get them in plague type proportions. Here - we just get enough to be charmed.

    Molly: Thank you and welcome. Green apples (and for some reason it has to be green) are a winner with lots of the birds that visit.

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  37. That was an absolutely hilarious comment you just put on my latest post. I'm still smiling...

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  38. Handsome creatures and they now it.

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  39. DJan: Thanks.

    Friko: Welcome. Yes, they are confident in their glory.

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  40. Cheeky little guys. Ah! I love birds!

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  41. Such beautiful birds. you are fortunate to be near them. We have many crows, unfortunately.

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  42. Susan Kane: We have a few crows as well, and I do like it when the father of the family checks out the feeder before graciously allowing other members of the family to also eat. On the lawn. The feeder is not for the junior members of the crow family (as old man crow makes clear).

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  43. We have a multi-generation family of Ravens that nest near our house. They are magnificent. You can hear their wings in the air when they fly close enough. One spring we had a young one that couldn't quite get the hang of flying. He glided down onto my studio roof, where he landed in apparent terror and paced in distress for a couple of hours as the family kept flying by offering encouragement. Long after, I swear I could recognize his voice from the others. He seemed, shall we say, a bit challenged.

    They are carnivorous and nasty. I've seen them harassing even smaller corvids. And have been told that bird remains I've attributed to the cats could well have been from them (not as much dainty pecking on apples for them!). On the other hand, they are so smart. I do enjoy them a lot.

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  44. Paper Chipmunk: Our crows, our currawongs and our magpies appear to be omniverous. I suspect they might even prefer meat but they happily scoff apple and seed.

    We have piles of feathers on the lawn from time to time which we had always blamed on cats (ours and others) until we saw a magpie pecking great chunks out of a wood dove. The pecking order means something round here.

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  45. Pecking order indeed. I think I meant omnivorous... with generous helpings of meat. Something like that.

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  46. Paper Chipmunk: Much like some men of my acquaintance (partner, brothers, nephews) will eat vegetable matter but much prefer MEAT.

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  47. SIgh...I live with one of those too. Many flightless bird carcasses pass through our kitchen, much to the pussy cats' delight. Although it really upsets Dominic that we cook them. I've never had a cat that gets so excited by the smell of uncooked chicken coming out of the wrapper, nor more mournful at the sight of it appearing cooked in his bowl.

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  48. Paper Chipmunk: Dominic and Jazz are v closely related. Jazz doesn't ask for people food once it is cooked, but would LOVE the smaller portion's meat in its natural state.

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  49. oh SHREIK - sleeping and upside down. thanks for the joy.

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