Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Sunday Selections #226

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.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.

Like River I usually run with a theme.  The skinny one is visiting his sister and I am having a couple of blissfully quiet and peaceful days.  Mind you, the quiet is interrupted early by visiting birds.  And I don't mind one little bit.

The corellas arrive early.




They are followed by the King Parrots, who delight in apple which we put out for them.  They also rip off the camellia buds.  And flowers.  And vandals that they are, are still more than welcome.  Adult males have the red/orange head and females the green.  Until they get their adult plumage all of them have green heads - but the males can be identified because their beaks have a pink tinge.



Despite the green head, this is a male, yet to get his adult plumage




Then the cockatoos.  This pair had a beak-off, jockeying for prime position.





Noisy, messy (spreading seed and bits of apple from Christmas to breakfast), incontinent, vandals - and so very welcome.


131 comments:

  1. I especially enjoyed your king parrots but the cockatoos grooming each other was a treat too. I am glad the Skinny One is able to travel. Must be on the mend.

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land Of Cancer: The smaller portion is improving. I am loving my respite though. And the birds.

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  2. Wonderful birds! And you have all that extra time to gaze at them. Your pictures are sure fun. :-)

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    1. DJan: I spend a lot of time each and every day watching the birds. We all do, though our motives are different.

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  3. How close do they allow you to get to them?

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    1. Birdie: Quite close. Each year some of the King Parrots allow us to hand feed them and almost all of the birds which visit us are quite happy six to eight feet away from us. Some closer.

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  4. As always, I am loving seeing the birds we never have come to visit here! Enjoy your days of peace. I've got the house to myself today as well. I was going to garden, but it is thundering now!

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    1. Susan F.: I am considering going back to bed for a bit. An almost unheard of luxury. I hope to do a bit of gardening when I resurface.

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  5. I remember such birds when I visited friends in Brisbane and Sydney many years ago. I recall being bowled over by having such exotic birds in your back gardens!

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    1. Craig: Both Sydney and Brisbane see birds that I don't. I do love the ones that visit us, but will admit to some world wide avian envy. Almost everywhere gets birds which I would love to see in person.

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  6. I didn't know about the plumage colour change in male King parrots. We kept a pair in a large aviary when we were kids. With adult wisdom, it was probably quite unkind to have such birds in captivity. Cockatoos are such naughty but entertaining birds to watch. I saw a photo yesterday of them ripping some sort of tactile indicators for blind people from a train station platform.

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    1. Andrew: I will try and capture one in 'mid change'. They can look quite bizarre. Yes on the birds in captivity front. My mother had a cockatoo in a large aviary. He ate his way out, and fortunately stayed around. We never tried to cage him again. I suspect he suffered until he took his chance though.
      When I see the damage that cockies do, I am grateful that they are not as intelligent as New Zealand's kea. Very, very smart, powerful and destructive birds.

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  7. A beak off--how funny. I have two chipmunks who occasionally encounter each other at the spilled bird seed pile. Certainly two males, for they go at each other running on back legs and chest thumping each other until one hides in the lilies, to raid the seed pile later.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: I don't know which of us coined the term 'beak off' but that is what it is. Sometimes noisy too as the beaks clash. Love the image of your chest thumping chipmunks. Testosterone doesn't seem to change much from species to specie.

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  8. They're cousins, uncles and aunts live up this way!

    Have a great week, EC....cuddles to Jazz and Jewel. Stay warm. :)

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    1. Lee: And long may they breed. Lovely things. Jazz n Jewel headed outside this morning, said 'sod that for a game of soldiers' and have retreated inside to the warmth. Which I expect they will continue to do for the next few months.

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  9. Love your cooktops beaking off! That is so funny, and great to capture on camera. The king parrots are such beautiful birds. Love them.

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    1. CountryMum: Do the cockies and king parrots wreak much damage on your farm? I love them, but they can be destructive. And the cockies particularly come in some very large flocks.

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  10. Wow, I love the looks of those red and green birds, the King Parrots, right. The one looks just like Christmas!

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    1. Bookie: And the King Parrots will stay with us until Christmas too. They can camoflague themselves amazingly well in the camellias.

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  11. I know just what you mean.
    I have a collection of garden birds which are messy and muck spreading and noisy and scrabbling all day long. And I constantly feed them!

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    1. Friko: I wish they wouldn't guzzle all the mulberries though. And it means that the bird crap is virtually indelible. There are some purple stains on the veranda that I cannot shift.

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  12. Another year rolls around with the coming of the birds. I never knew that difference in head colour of rosellas. enjoy your visitors EC!

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    1. carolincairns: Young crimson rosellas are largely green too. And look quite scruffy when they are acquiring their adult dress. Love them all, and enjoy them more than most visitors.

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: We are very, very lucky.

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  14. Do you think this winter there are more birds around, I do.
    Merle..............

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    1. Merlesworld: At the moment there are. We had over a dozen King Parrots this morning, and about the same number of cockatoos. I wonder whether food is scarce in their 'home' territory?

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    1. fishducky: I am glad. I have loved rather a lot of yours.

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  16. Beautiful! I just love the colors. I bet the corellas are fun to watch!

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    1. Teresa Hennes: All of them are wonderful to watch. We spend a lot of time glued to the windows...

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  17. As always, I love the corellas best!

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    1. Susan Kane: I knew they had won your heart.

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  18. So very, very gorgeous - the birds, the flowers, and cerulean blue sky!
    I'm glad you're enjoying a bit of rest and quiet. :)

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    1. River Fairchild: Today I was up early, fed the cats, fed the birds, looked at some blogs - and went back to bed. My to-do list is largely untouched. And I don't care.

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  19. When the Corellas arrive here, usually when the Cotoneasters are in berry, the noise is unbelievable.

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    1. J Cosmo Newbery: We have at least some Corellas all year round. They are not musical, or quiet, but I love them anyway.

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  20. They sound nicer than the blue Jays that have been tormenting our cats, who are convinced that they're soooo close to being able to eat little blue chickens.

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    1. Riot Kitty: Jazz n Jewel would want blue chicken too. Jewel has ambitions on a cockatoo - who are at least as big and as well armed (perhaps better) as she is.

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  21. How wonderful, birds and blooms, and a few days on your own!

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    1. Karen: It is wonderful. Birds, blooms, books and bliss.

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  22. What beautiful photos and what lovely birds. I am so glad you are having a few days respite, you certainly deserve it.
    I think I like the corellas best, but not sure why. The others are gorgeous too and I think the yellow crested are always having a bit of a barney.
    You are so fortunate to have such visitors. We see and hear parrots fly overhead at times but they seldom settle.
    Thank you for sharing such beauty with us, and that camellia too.

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    1. Mimsie: Deserved or not, I am loving my respite. And the birds. The cockatoos were indeed having words. Not serious though, and quickly resolved.

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  23. Loved those photos of the birds. I showed hubs, as he was an avid birder before his heart attack, and still likes seeing them. His favourites in our part of the world are woodpeckers. We visited the Audubon House in Key West, too, and were astonished at the hefty prices they charge for prints. Beautiful colour captured in your images and your camera work was sharp!

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    1. D.G Hudson: Thank you. Woodpeckers are an exotic I would dearly love to see. There are some marvellous bird blogs around, which I look at in wonder. If you think your husband (or you) would be interested let me know and I will send you some links.

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    2. Sure, I'd love to check out those links. Thanks for the offer. Hubs can use anything that helps with neuroplasticity-or creating new brain connections, and learning is one the best ways to do that.
      Link to a double woodpecker shot that was taken in the backyard of a previous house:
      http://dghudson.blogspot.ca/2013/02/backyard-birds-woodpeckers.html

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    3. D.G Hudson: Three links to start with. All of them are very, very skilled photographers who mostly post birds. Ron and Mia post every day, and Bob most days.
      Ron's blog can be found here.
      Mia's here.
      And Bob Bushell's here. Bob had a stroke and his mobility is impaired, as is his reading but his photos, particularly of plumage and water, are a joy.

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  24. the king parrot is definitely king, enjoy your blissfulness

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    1. Linda Starr: He is - and I am. Lots.

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  25. I LOVE the jostling cockatoos. I don't see many around here any more. More of the trees have been cut down and the trunks removed, only one tree is left for the cockatoos now :(

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    1. River: Tree removal is always sad. And I suspect it will take a while for the cockatoos to find replacements.

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  26. These are all beautiful birds and grat shots of them. I see in some years you can hand feed some of them that would be great. Sorry I did not have time while aaway (still away) to do the word/ story.

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    1. Margaret Adamson: I hope we can hand feed the Kings again this year. It is odd, because they are such timid birds, easily scared off by other birds, that they will (sometimes) eat from our hands.
      Hopefully you will be able to play Words for Wednesday this week.

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  27. After another weekend on the wetlands it's especially lovely to see pictures of birds that have only been shot at with a camera - thank you!

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    1. Kim: I am very sad to hear that you are continuing to see birds which have been shot. Sad and bad.

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  28. Beautiful images of the Parrots and Cockatoos, lovely.

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  29. I would love to have these beautiful, incontinent, creatures in my yard also.

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    1. Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe: I do. We do. And merely scrub and sweep the veranda often.

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  30. Ahhh, the beauty of nature. That's the best thing about this time of year!

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    1. Stephanie Faris: Just going into winter here - and they are still beautiful. And marvellous.

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  31. OOOOOOO, they are kissing :) xxxx

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    1. My Inner Chick: Squabbling, rather than kissing. But lovely.

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  32. ha ha...'vandals'...so beautiful. Loved the shots against the blue sky. Cool.

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: Vandals they are. Houses are not safe. Light fittings are a toy. Plants are a toy. Vandals I am always happy to see.

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  33. I wish we had them here. Our birds seem bland by comparison. So I nominated you for the Liebster award and you probably hate those, and I know why now, because they're somewhat of a pain, but I did it, and I dutifully nominated six blogs, yours included. If you want to do it, you can see the details on my blog post today. No pressure.

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    1. Strayer: I envy you some birds as well. We also have some bland birds - but I am obsessed anyway. Thank you for the Liebster award, but no, I won't be playing.

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  34. I'm so jealous of the phenomenal photos you get of your visitors!!

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    1. Raquel Somatra: Thank you. However, if you want to see amazing bird photography, check out the links in my response to D.G Hudson. True photographers. Who fill me with awe.

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  35. Love the birds. Spring migration is just about done here and the foliage is so thick it's hard to spot anyone. But we did discover some goslings in the little pond on our road. So cute.

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    1. mshatch: Goslings? Ooooh. Baby birds are super cute (once they have feathers). Winter is coming in here, and the birds are grateful for extra sustenance. And I am grateful to see them. Win/win.

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  36. I'm going to camp in your garden one of these days, and have a visit with your feathery friends!

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    1. Jacquelineand...: You would be more than welcome. Much more.

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  37. Enjoy your solitude! I'm doing the opposite right now, visiting my family in Florida.

    The birds around here are not as dramatic and the cockatoos and their friends.

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    1. neena maiya: Enjoy your family. Revel in them - as I revel in the last shreds of my solitude.

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  38. I'm glad you are getting a chance to have some rest and relaxation. Enjoy :)

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    1. jenny_o: Only hours left - but I loved it. I wouldn't mind some more, but am grateful for what I received.

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  39. I can see why they're welcome, in spite of the somewhat dirty list you attributed to them. :) Real beauts!

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    1. mail4rosey: I clean up after other things which bring me much less pleasure. The birds are more than welcome.

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  40. Love your birds, EC, just as I love mine, and celebrate the differences. So interesting to see how a few hours separation gives us each different bird life. Though we are both blessed with those charming vandals, the SulphurCrestedCockatoo! Can't beat them so we have to love them.

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    1. Carol: I am endlessly fascinated by the difference a couple of hours, couple of hundred kilometres can make. And love the big white vandals. Seeing them swinging from the rubber seals they peel away from street lights cracks me up every time.

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  41. What beautiful birds. You're so fortunate to have such lovely creatures in your skies.

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    1. PhillipH: They are regular visitors here, and we do know how lucky we are.

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  42. I like the intensity of color of the red bird.

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  43. Great photos. The red and green of the king parrot are amazing.

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    1. Cherie Colyer: They are even brighter in the flesh. In the feather?

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  44. Cockatoos are very entertaining and get starring roles at amusement parks around here - at least, they did when I was a kid. But I prefer the red ones. They're gorgeous.

    Take care, EC. Have a nice June.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: Cockatoos are entertaining. I prefer them free though. For some reason I think that caged birds are the saddest of all the caged animals.
      A wonderful chocolate filled June to you too.

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  45. It must be amazing to see birds like these just out and about - they are all in cages here (which is sad to me.)

    Love seeing them and reading your reading list!

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    1. Lynn: I agree with you about caged birds. A sadness. A big sadness.
      Glad that you like these beauties - and my eclectic reading.

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  46. "Noisy, messy, incontinent, vandals" - sounds like my friends, hahahaha. I jest - mostly. Gorgeous pictures, such plumage! And the red flower too, it matches the birds, marvellous stuff.

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    1. All Consuming: The King Parrots use the camellia as camoflague. Quite successfully.
      It seems we share some friends...

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  47. Well, they wouldn't look as cute with little diapers. I get it though. I don't get the beautiful visitors you do and I don't know the names of birds. But any who visit are welcome and I don't even mind cleaning up. I'm always memsmerized by your pictures, and a little jealous.

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    1. Myrna R: Birds in nappies//diapers? Shudder. I too suffer from bird and garden envy when I cruise the blogosphere. Often.

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  48. Delightful birds, lovely photos EC!

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  49. Your birds are sure showier than my birds. We do share camellias though.

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    1. Snowbrush: Perhaps your birds are just more skilled at hiding in the camellias? Ours blend in well - until they rip the buds off.

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  50. What beautiful birds :), i love your pictures.

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    1. totallycaroline: Thank you. I am glad - I love the birds too.

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  51. Nice job with the camera. Your place and time seem very calming and peaceful even with the squawking of the birds.

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    1. Jono: The garden is a haven of peace for me. Despite the work which it needs. Desperately. And the squawks of birds is preferable to rather a lot of human noise.

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  52. To see these birds in the wild with you and know that here they are bought and sold as pets...surreal.

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    1. Donna@LivingFromHappiness: They are sometimes bought and sold as pets here too. Which I hate. I love them free. As they should be.

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  53. Such beautiful birds! Glad the mess is worth it! I always enjoy watching the birds in my backyard and you get such different birds. Your pictures are just stunning. Thanks for sharing. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~ Jess: I suffer from world wide bird envy. I am glad that you like ours.

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  54. always always always love your birds!

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    1. Things Are Looking U.P.: I have been loving watching your fledglings - growing as fast as any superhero.

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  55. This makes me laugh so hard, the way you describe these "vandals" - oh boy, I feel the same about my yard visitors, no matter how much they destroy they are still welcome. Aren't we a weird species? I love all your birds, I would welcome them for sure as well. I am so jealous!

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    1. Carola Bartz: We are definitely a weird species, but I was pretty certain that I wouldn't be alone in welcoming these noisy incontinent quarrelsome vandals. I suffer rather a lot of bird envy for some of your visitors too.

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  56. Enjoy your alone time! The bird photos are so delightful!

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    1. ladyfi: I loved my alone time. And the birds.

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  57. I always found it amazing, whether it be fish or birds or even animals in general, the males always have the feminine flare to them to attract the females. Beautiful shots!

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  58. Lovely photos. Amazing shots.

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    1. Kelly Steel: Thank you. Lovely birds.

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  59. Pretty, pretty, pretty. I just love your photos. And I'm sure those birds love coming to your trees and feeders.

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    1. Carol Kilgore: I hope they love to visit. They can be remarkably insistent, when the apple has been gobbled or the feeder is bare. And I run to rectify my error.

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  60. I love the two fighting! Reminds me of my daughters. You are so lucky to have these beautiful birds in your garden, but I bet they get noisy!

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    1. LL Cool Joe: They can get noisy. They do get noisy. Something else in common with your daughters?

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  61. Your pictures are stunning and so uplifting. I needed it. Thank you, my friend.

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    1. Sonya Ann: I am glad. Be kind to yourself in these difficult days.

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  62. I can see they would be messy but oh so welcome. They are so pretty!! I enjoy seeing these beautiful birds

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    1. Kim @ Stuff could...: They are messy. And sometimes destructive. And I don't care. You are right, they are welcome. Always.

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  63. I would like to fly over your home sometime and hang out with these white fellows. I don't mind the noise. I actually could sing with them, hahaha. It would be quite a concert then. Dragon Hugs!

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    1. Al Diaz: Many here would not consider it singing - the birds are happy though which is enough for me. And dragons are as welcome here as the birds. Seen less often, but as welcome.
      Hugs received and returned.

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  64. Your birds are both gorgeous and glorious. What a wonderful way to be awakened each day. I don't think I would ever tire of it. You got some terrific pictures of them, too.

    Happy weekend!

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    1. Susan: Not tired of them yet. Can't imagine tiring of them. Ever.

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  65. Very belatedly... I just wanted to say that your photos of the parrots are always welcome too. Always a day-brightener!

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    1. Paper Chipmunk (aka Ellen): Never too late. Always welcome. There is a pair of King Parrots eating from my hand most days at the moment. Bliss.

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