Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Friday, 17 August 2012

And again

This morning was another grey day with wind and cold drizzle.  However, quite early the King Parrrots came into the feeder and brightened my day.  And when I went out to ensure that they had seed they very graciously ate from my hand again.

They are not tame, and nor would I want them to be.  I do value their trust immensely.




It made the skinny portion very jealous when I woke him up to tell him of my good fortune brag.

66 comments:

  1. Perhaps I should blog my "through the lens " story...

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    1. dinahmow: Certainly you should blog your 'through the lens' story.

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  2. Truly amazing. I'm so glad you had that good fortune!

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    1. Lynn: They are not here everyday, but they make me smile everytime they appear.

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  3. Just last night I was talking about the amazing birds you post on your blog and, voila, beautiful, exotic birds. A friend of mine is going to Australia for a month and I told her about the gorgeous feathered critters who come to your backyard. Lucky you and lucky her!

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    1. Cathy Oliffe-Webster: Where in Oz is your friend going? The birds will vary from place to place, but there will be joy everywhere.

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  4. Their trust... yes... and they're so beautiful. It's only right that you should've had the honors of offering them food.

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    1. Paper Chipmunk (aka Ellen): So beautiful. And I am still (nearly a day later) revelling in their trust.

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  5. My goodness they are beautiful birds! That orange/red is so vibrant!

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    1. Sherri: We have camellia bushes (trees) by the front door. They are starting to come out now and the birds hide in them most successfully. A joy.

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  6. I have had little chickadees and nuthatches land on the feeder as I was filling it, but they never ate from my hand. These birds are so magnificent! And I would be bragging, too...

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    1. DJan: Chickadees and nuthatches? Bragging rights there too, just in having them visit you.

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  7. Gorgeous birds....and it is a real gift from the universe to have them come and eat out of your hand with such trust.

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    1. mybabyjohn/Delores: A gift from somewhere, and one that I truly appreciate.

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  8. You are so lucky to be blessed with the trust of these beautiful birds. We don't get many parrots in our yard, although there are some Port Lincolns that hop around out in the street and of course the red-tailed black cockatoos that occasionally fly over.

    Glad they gave you smiles on this grey day, we have lovely winter sunshine here today (not that I am bragging - lol). xxx

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    1. Kakka: Port Lincolns and the red-tailed black cockatoos would have me oohing and aahing. We very occasionally get the yellow-tailed black cockatoos.
      Today we have a bit more sunshine, but also wind from the snow we can see on the hills.

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    2. I must admit the red-tailed blacks are a treat, we only get to see them seasonally although we do see more of the Carnaby's Cockatoos (white-tailed blacks) and in must bigger flocks. Of course we have Magpies, mudlarks, and countless types of honeyeaters, but I love parrots and we don't get enough of them. Glad you days are a little more sunny.

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    3. Kakka: Whatever I have, greedy me yearns for what we don't get. Which is foolish. There is plenty of magic here.

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  9. Oh my goodness!! I'm jealous too. :)

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    1. Jenn June: Aren't they a delight? You get birds that I would love to see as well.

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  10. There is something about them... a certain intelligence with the beauty. What a privilege to see them like that. Beautiful shots.

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  11. What a beautiful gift to receive at the start of your day. Gorgeous!

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    1. Karen: It was a simply lovely start to the day.

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    1. Kim @ Stuff could...: Not every day starts with these beauties, but they are always welcome.

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  13. All I saw today was a seagull. I did throw him a few pieces of my lunch. Though not as lovely as your birds I did appreciate his company.

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    1. Birdie: It doesn't really matter what type of bird I see, I feel blessed.

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  14. They are stunning birds. I can imagine their regal presence; wary but gracious.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: This pair showed very little fear, which amazed me. At one point the female was eating from my hand and her partner came in and saw her off so he could partake of the bounty. Magic.

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  15. Hope SP wasn't grumpy for the rest of the day because you woke him up to brag poor fella.

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    1. Windsmoke: Given his druthers the skinny portion would get up at the crack of noon. He was surprisingly gracious about being woken.

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  16. I'm 'ooo-ing' and 'aahh-ing' yet again and your lovely photos. Great stuff x

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    1. All Consuming: They are simply lovely aren't they?

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  17. So lovely. They look quite big, too - Wikipedia tells me that they can be up to 43 cm long!

    You often comment, as you do above in reply to Birdie, that you feel blessed by your avian visitors. I came across this quote from Thoreau which made me think of you - you probably know it:
    I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance than I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.
    (Henry David Thoreau)

    :)

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    1. Alexia: Thank you for reminding me of something I had forgotten, and yes I would agree with him completely. The King Parrots are larger than for example the crimson or eastern rosellas. The crimsons outrank them in the pecking order as do most other birds - another reason to feel privileged by their trust.

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  18. That is some amazing wildlife near you!

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    1. Dorothy Krajewski: It was a truly lovely moment. And they were in no rush to leave either.

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  20. Brag away... you're privileged!

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  21. Here the migration season is beginning. Some of the birds will not reappear until next spring. There will be an influx of little brown birds for the Fall and winter. Your Australian birds are so colorful. I wish we had a few more like that. At this time of the year ours look a bit scruffy because they are molting.

    I'm thinking of SP and hoping he will begin to plump out a bit.

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    1. Anne: We are ending winter and starting spring so birds like the King Parrots are re-appearing. Magic.

      The skinny portion is starting to put on some much needed weight - at this stage the first of the two more operations he will need will take place at the end of this year or early next.

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  22. Those parrots seem friendly and exactly know where to go for good. Anyone who happens to find such beauty would be delighted!

    I would love to get to know you better through your posts. Would you like us to follow each others' blog? Take care :-)

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    1. Farida: Welcome. I have just been over to visit you, and loved your cat with its cheeky motto - and the sunflower too of course.
      And yes, delighted is just what I was when these beautiful birds ate from my hands.

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  23. Such beauty! Their colors are so impressive.

    Hope the skinny portion is doing well.

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    1. Susan Kane: They are simply gorgeous. Under their wings they also have some navy feathers. His high and skinniness is starting (slowly) to put on some much needed weight.

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  24. Your visitors are beautiful. They look like they are posing for the camera.

    I had a pet budgie for many years. These remind me of him, in shape and type of beak. I always get a pang now, thinking of him caged all his life. Back then it was common. I would do things differently now.

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    1. jenny_o: They are bigger than budgies, but you are right about the shape. One of our houses regularly had BIG flocks of budgies flying over head. A delight. The King Parrots were so patient with me. I trotted inside to get my camera and some food and took quite a number of photos before I relented and fed them. My mother had a cockatoo when I was a child. Fortunately he ate his way out of his very large aviary and after that he became a free range cocky. However, as you say, at the time birds in cages was all too common.

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  25. Such glorious friends you have!

    Aloha from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral
    =^..^=
    > < } } ( ° >

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    1. cloudia charters: Both my blogging and my avian friends are indeed glorious.

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  26. They're so beautiful and you're fortunate indeed to have them trustingly eating from your hand.

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    1. River: They are indeed beautiful. If, and it is a big if, himself is up next time they visit I will try and get some photos of the glorious blue on their back tucked under their wings.

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    1. J Cosmo Newbery: Quite ripe enough for me.

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  28. How beautiful and to have such close contact must indeed make you feel wonderful.

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    1. Mimsie: Oh yes, my face hurts because my smile is so wide when they give me the gift of their trust.

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  29. Who could tire of these beautiful birds?! So lovely.

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  30. I think of your view as a garden of birds. How lucky! Peace...

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  31. I would move to your island just to have that kind of color in my trees each morning... Beautiful.

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    1. Cindi: They are truly beautiful, but we also have some less charming things resident here - snakes, spiders and octopi.

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  32. Gorgeous, just gorgeous! And it is indeed truly special when a wild creature, who has every right to be wary of us, trusts and befriends us. You must be putting out a very gentle vibe. :-)

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    1. Laloofah: Thank you. A gentle vibe is not a way I had ever thought of myself but it is something to aspire to.

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