Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Sunday Selections #127

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files. 

The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.

Like River I generally run with a theme.  Yesterday was a grey day, with intermittent (and very welcome) rain.  From first light the birds were at our feeder - easier pickings I suppose.  So I am returning to my avian obsession.

The King Parrots came in first.


  

They adore apple (green).  I was a bit surprised at how widely they open their beaks to try and cram more in.


Then the Crimson Rosellas came to visit.




And then the Corellas graced us with their presence.  And I loved seeing all of them.

96 comments:

  1. Cor blimey missus. I love the green one, the look on it's face is brilliant and the colours....I've said before how lucky you are yes? In-so-far as birds in your garden go, yes I know, but if we must feast on a banquet of crumbs, at least let them be as pretty as these crumbs be *smiles.

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    1. All Consuming: We are lucky - and we appreciate our birdy visitors very much. The 'green one' was a female King Parrot and I love her too.

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  2. Your birds are too lovely for words. Keep them coming.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: You may be sorry you said that.

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  3. I adore seeing your birds EC, they remind me so much of the lovely visits I have made to your country!

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  4. Your birds are more colourful than ours at the moment, the King Parrots are very special, in Sydney we have been missing our birds since this rain started.
    Merle...............

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    1. Merlesworld: Unless the rain is torrential (which we rarely get) we seem to get more birds rather than less of wet damps. And the brighten a grey day very well.

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  5. I think parrots (king or otherwise) are one of my favourite birds. Such cheeky little faces. Such beautiful colours.

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    1. Wendy aka Quillfeather: I have a soft spot for them too. Mind you I have a soft spot for most birds.

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  6. I wonder if they know how pretty they are?

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    1. J Cosmo Newbery: I doubt it. Which is sad.

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  7. Hurray for our sweet feathered friends, who make a grey day so much brighter!

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    1. Vicki: They add a touch of magic to every day.

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  8. So colourful, and certainly cheering! Enjoy your rain.

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    1. Alexia: No rain today. Bright blue skies. We still got the birds though.

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  9. The colours are so brilliant, they certainly would brighten up any grey days. I love them all.

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    1. River: So do we. Each and every one of them.

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  10. You really aren't sneaking into the zoo or a preserve to get these? Impressive!

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    1. Riot Kitty: No zoo, no preserve really. Our front veranda.

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  11. My goodness, that first King Parrot hardly looks real! Such colours; they're all just gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing your photos. I had never realized just how colourful and beautiful some birds could be.

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  12. What a flamboyant character the King Parrot is. Gorgeous shots!

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    1. ladyfi: I was sure I had replied to you yesterday. Blogger ate the comment it seems. King Parrots are low on the pecking order. Flamboyant colours, but a fairly shy bird who is bullied by many of the others.

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  13. I still can't get over their colors so bright and the size of the red ones is quite big, what a delight they are to see.

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    1. Linda Starr: Aren't they beautiful? I cannnot tell you how much time I spend watching them rather than 'doing things'.

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  14. If I had king parrots and the occasional crimson rosella and little corella, I'd be happy to feed them too but when you have a resident flock of galahs and sulphur cresteds, I'd rather not attract them even closer to my fruit and nut trees. As it is, they pinch eack and every almond off my 4 trees. Ps, not a single parrot has ventured near my sunflower seed feeder.

    My hyacinths are up as well. Your altitude is higher than ours, in our other garden on Mt.Lofty, we have a 3 months shorter growing season than in Adelaide at sea level.

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    1. Arija: We get the galahs and the sulphur-crested cockies as well, but not in the numbers you do. The cockatoos uproot my tulips each year which peeves me, but other than that don't cause much damage.
      Some of our hyacinths are up, and it will be a while before they flower. I can wait (which is just as well because I don't have any choice).

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  15. A great obsession to have. Terrific pics, I enjoyed, thanks!

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    1. Karen: Thank you - a shared obsession I know.

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  16. That second King Parrot is lookin' like a Boss!

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    1. Geoff: He was certainly giving me the 'eagle' eye wasn't he?

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  17. How beautiful they are. Your rosellas are more colourful than ours over here in the West. I still love the cheek corellas so much. Thanks for sharing such beauty with us.

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    1. P.S. You know I meant CHEEKY don't you?

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    2. Mimsie: I did indeed know you meant cheeky - and the phrase 'they have a cheek' applies to them as well. On Friday some Eastern Rosellas appeared briefly. They are even more colourful - but didn't stay to have their photo taken.

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  18. Gorgeously coloured birds Soosie :-)

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    1. farawayinthesunshine: They bring the sunshine with them - even when there isn't any.

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  19. beautiful captures...lovely!

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  20. I just love your bird pics so much... contented sigh...

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    1. Paper Chipmunk (aka Ellen): The best (and the rarest) kind of sigh. I am glad.

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  21. I can't help but always be dazzled by your bird photos! We have nothing like that flying around here. The only time I see such beautiful birds is at the zoo.
    *makes note to move into EC's garden when she's not looking - also, bring gallons of punch for bribing when she discovers I've moved in*

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    1. Laura Eno: I cannot think of a better hostest gift. Gallons and gallons... (And you would be welcome.)

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  22. Your birds are so incredible. I always forget that parrots in the wild are right where they belong, rather than in a cage somewhere. That's the only place I have ever seen them, except for my fisherman friend's (now deceased) bird.

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    1. DJan: I thought of your friend's bird when I was putting these up. I suspect the poor man is still bereft.

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  23. Ooooooh, my bloomin' hell,
    are these gems in the wild? I freak out with joy when I see a blue bird or a cardinal!

    Love to you, Dear S. Xxxxx

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    1. My Inner Chick: These gems are on our verandah and our front lawn. And I freak out with joy when I see them too - which means I spend a lot of time freaking out.

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    2. I love the idea of you freaking out, S. Xxxxx

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  24. You have some amazing birds come to your feeders. What beauties! Love them!
    Wishing you a very happy week,
    Denise
    Today’s Flowers
    An English Girl Rambles

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    1. DeniseinVA: We love them as well. And a happy week to you too.

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  25. Beautiful birds. It's raining here, too. I had great difficulty getting out of bed this morning because of that reason...also having my two furry rascals snuggled up as close to me as possible didn't help, either. Not that I put up much of a battle or made much of an effort! Neither did they! ;)

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    1. Lee: We have fog this morning. And some more rain would be nice - but isn't expected. Cats are very good at finding the most comfortable spot aren't they? Jazz has taken to draping himself across my ankles at night. He is warm, he is comfortable and he can tell if I get up (when I might feed him).

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  26. Haha, that second photo with the breast puffed out so is perfectly angled. Never did a King Parrot look so full of itself!

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    1. John Wiswell: I am glad that you also saw just how pleased with himself he was. Mind you, if I was that beautiful I probably would be too.

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  27. It must be amazing to be surrounded by so many beautiful birds like that.

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    1. Lynn: It is. We love them and are always thrilled to see them.

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  28. If those birds lived here, I would be so busy watching them I'd never have time for anything else. Gorgeous!

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    1. Carol Kilgore: We spend a LOT of time watching them. Other things have to wait.

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  29. Beautiful, beautiful birds. Many thanks. Loved your photos.

    Greetings from London.

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  30. Dear EC, slowly, by following your blog on which you share your avian interest, I am learning the name of parrots. Before now all I knew was the generic term "parrot." Thank you for teaching me. Peace.

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    1. Dee: Whatever they are called they are heart-stoppingly beautiful.

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    2. Dear EC, yes, "heart-stoppingly." Peace.

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  31. Such colourful birds you have round there. Much less extravagantly dressed birds in my garden

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    1. Andrew Maclaren-Scott: We have the bright clothing - but you have birds with better voices. Many (most) of ours are decidedly unmusical.

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    2. Well then, we should hybridize to achieve perfection.

      (Eh... our birds I mean, not you and me).

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  32. It's a glorious obsession to have and to return to. Thanks so much for sharing it and the wonderful images.

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    1. Dave King: Thank you. My obsessions are legion - but I am glad that others enjoy this one at least.

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  33. Such great photos! And, it is easy to feel your love for thse marvelous birds.

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    1. Susan Kane: How could I not love them?

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  34. Ah, I'm loving those colourful parrots. Such colours resplendent on my recently grey vision. Thank you, my friend.

    Gary

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    1. klahanie: Dear Gary - I so hope that your grey days - physical, emotional and metaphorical disappear soon.

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  35. My goodness, your birds are beautiful ... even with their big mouth and big bites. Are they around year round? Our birds pale in comparison, but they too can be beautiful in their own way. Hope all is well with you. I have been out of touch for awhile. I appreciate that you come to see me even when I am barely keeping my head above water. Be well, my friend ...

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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    1. Andrea: The King Parrots go into the hills in breeding season, but the others are here all year round. And your birds too are truly beautiful. I hope that you are busy with positive things - and it is always a pleasure to visit you.

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  36. Oh My, I adore parrots :). The white one is absolutely stunning.

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    1. unikorna: The corellas are cheeky chappies - and we love them.

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  37. A bit late to the party (as usual these days...blasted job is really interfering with my blogging time) but wanted to compliment you on the beautiful pictures and say I particularly enjoyed the bit about the parrot "cramming" the apple in his beak. I like the word "cram." So descriptive. (I am easily amused, what can I say?)

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    1. Ms. CrankyPants: Where apple is concerned they seem to have a zip-top head and open wider, and wider and wider. With the hours you are working I am amazed that you are bloggin at all. I suspect I would be falling into a coma at the end of each day...

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  38. Great post! parrots looking beautiful but really, I never saw the white parrot. thanks for share a white parrot's picture.

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    1. Ercotravels: Welcome. We get LOTS of the corellas - and white cockatoos as well. I am glad you liked the corellas.

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  39. Hi EG, the colors and beauty of the parrots and corellas always amaze me. Lucky you!

    Sending happy and healthy thoughts your way ~:)

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    1. Pam =): They amaze us too - it doesn't matter how often we see them. Thank you for those positive wishes. I am stock-piling them for next week's medical mayhem.

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  40. Yep. Only see beautiful birds like this in a cage here in Canada. So much gorgeousness - right on your front veranda. You are a blessed, blessed person!!! :)

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    1. Dianne Tolley: Welcome. We do know how lucky we are. And twenty kilo bags of bird feed might have something to do with the birds returning. And returning.

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  41. Wow! Their colors are so vibrant, it darned near takes my breath away. I can only imagine what it's like to see them in the wild. Australia has some of the most wonderful wildlife in the whole world! (And I'm not talking about night clubs...)

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    1. Susan: They are a joy and a delight - each and every day. Though mind you, there is wildlife the world over which makes my heart sing.

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  42. Oooh! parrots! I love parrots of all sizes and types. They are like my favorite birds in all the world. And those colores are just amazing! Glad I came.

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    1. Al Diaz: I am glad you dropped in. We too love our parrots - all our birds really.

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  43. What incredibly gorgeous birds! In your situation I don't think I'd ever get anything accomplished other than sitting near the feeders and watching the birds.

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    1. Ron Dudley: We spend a LOT of time watching the birds. As you will appreciate, which birds are out there changes in seconds flat - giving us more reason to stop and stare. And smile.

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  44. such beautiful birds! they must give you so much pleasure, as your images give me :)

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    1. kim: Thank you. They give me(us) immense pleasure each and every day. Re the images, perhaps some day I will be a photographer rather than a happy snapper.

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  45. Thanks for sharing the beauty of your world- be well and Happy ~:)

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  46. Wow. No camouflage possible there. Absolutely stunning.

    I reckon your cat must go crazy with all this activity! :)

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    1. wordsfallfrommyeyes: The cats would love a bird, or two to call their very own.

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