Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Sunday Selections #278

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.  This week?  Second verse, same as the first...


I am still snotty, and still intermittently voiceless (which some would say is not a bad thing).  I am also still delighting in the sky, and in the birds which visit.

Dawn this time.

Looking to the west.



And then looking east - where the action was...








Continuing on my same old, same old trajectory with birds.  A female king parrot, who was I believe at least as interested in us as we were in her.








Isn't she a charmer?

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  1. A female king parrot .. she's a queen.
    The pattern of those under-tail feathers just shows that there is nothing random about nature .. not sure what I am saying??

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    1. carol in cairns: Nature is an artist. And one who people imitate in vain. I do love the patterns on the tail, and the flash of blue which is only visible when the light is 'right'.

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  2. Yes, she is.Still too dark up here even for flatulent sparrows...

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    1. dinahmow: Dark here too. And will be for another hour or so. The sparrows are quiet, but the flatulent cats are up.

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: She is. Very pretty. And not nearly as noisy as many of our birds.

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  4. What a gorgeous creature! I love all of your other photos as well!

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    1. e: I am hoping that she brings the rest of the family to visit. But was grateful that she came, and stayed a while.

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  5. You have the prettiest birds in Oz!!

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    1. fishducky: You have some pretty special ones too.

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  6. Just a magical sky.
    And the parrot is so cute.
    Think so that when you can not just talk, you can hear your own thoughts.
    But, glanders is not fun, so you need to drink lemon juice, there is a lot of vitamin C.
    Wish you feel better.

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    1. orvokki: Thank you. I am having hot lemon drinks. Lots of them.

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  7. Thank you for this enjoyable post.
    Evening sky, bird on perch - connection?

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    1. Martin Kloess: I think these were taken on separate days. The sky was earlier than the bird visit though. First light for the sky, and mid morning for the king parrot.

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  8. I hope the parrot returns. She sure has her eye on you! My little Rocky chipmunk watches me leave every morning.Silly what we put on the poor, dumb animals.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: I hope she (and her family) return as well. And suspect that the poor dumb animals are better equipped for survival than we are.

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  9. What a grand bird she is!!
    Love your sunrise photos too.

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    1. CountryMum: I have a very soft spot for the King Parrots. In other years a pair have deigned to eat from our hands. I hope they will be back this season too.

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  10. Madam Queenie Parrot is a lovely bird, indeed.

    I hope you have a great week, EC and that you get your voice back...it's a good excuse to not have to talk when you feel the least like doing so. Take care. Cuddles to your two furry mates. :)

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    1. Lee: The voice will return in the fullness of time. Cuddles to your cats too.

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  11. Yes, she's a charmer all right. They look so intelligent! I think she probably is, too. :-)

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    1. DJan: I think you are probably right about her intelligence. Beauty and brains...

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  12. I thought there was a fire sending smoke into the sky. Quite a spectacular dawn.

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    1. Andrew: I thought the same when I first saw it. Fortunately no smoke. And a delightful dawn.

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  13. She is a total charmer! Very lovely,especially the chevron effect of the patterns on the tail.

    I particularly like the first photo, looking to the west; the light is so soft, and the scene so pretty. Single malt scotch is good for throats :)

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    1. Alexia: I like looking down the valley (to the west) whatever the season, whatever the time of day.
      The chevron pattern on the King Parrot's tails is not always visible - and a treat to see.

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  14. Beautiful King Parrot - she should be called a Queen Parrot quite rightfully :)

    I always love the views over the Brindabellas from your place - quite, quite lovely!

    Gargling three times a day with strong sage tea (dried herb is fine) cooled to room temp will cure the sorest of throats.
    Hope you feel better soon xx

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    1. Vicki: She could be an Empress too. I love watching the Brindabellas too. The light on them is so often a joy.
      My throat isn't sore, but I don't have a (reliable) voice. Sometimes there, often not.

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  15. She most certainly is a charmer; I'm wondering if she was watching to see if you had food. I love the colours you capture in the clouds, here the clouds are usually faded by the time I run for the camera.

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    1. River: The camera is always ready. And I often run out at the first hint of colour in the sky. Neither dawn nor dusk last long.
      I suspect she did want food, but the cockatoos and the corellas were hogging the feeders.

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  16. Hi EC - the cloud photos are delightful to see - I love that Apricotty colour when the sun on the cloud creates it ... while that Mrs King Parrot is a delight to see - also gorgeous colours ...

    Wonderful photos - hope you feel easier soon ... cheers from a still chilly (on the coast) England .. Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: Thank you. Today was the first wintry day we have had. Fog till after eleven, and temperatures in the single digits till after lunch.

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  17. your sky shots ara amazing and the ing PArrot was rally posing for you. Great shots. I ahve now read all the stories, very interesting but still was not moved to write.

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    1. Margaret Adamson: Thank you. There will be other weeks for the words. Plenty of other weeks.

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  18. The skies are beautiful. And I *love* the parrot photos! They're really lovely.

    And I hope you feel better soon. Damn germs!

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    1. Paper Chipmunk (aka Ellen): We love our birds too. Always. Including the incontinent vandals.
      Germs? Bleah.

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  19. I hope you were really well rugged up yesterday! That cold was enough to stop anyone's voice

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    1. kylie: Sunday weather had a bite here. We had fog until after eleven, and the temperature didn't reach double figures until the afternoon. I prefer it to heat though. By a long way.

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  20. Dear EC
    Lovely photos once again! Your colourful birds are stunning.
    I hope you are feeling a bit better.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: Thank you. Just on dawn this morning (when it was too dark to take photos) there were a pair of crimson rosellas outside. Lovely start to the day.

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  21. You might be voiceless but your pictures speak volumes. Thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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    1. A Cuban in London: The photos are telling the thousand words I can't. Yet.

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  22. Once again beautiful skies and beautiful birds.
    Do hope your snottiness will soon be a thing of the past and your voice will return promptly.
    So sorry you've been ill and I do remember what colds and 'flu were like. Touch wood but I've but lucky ever since I began having 'flu shots.

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    1. Mimsie: I am glad you have avoided lurgies. I was scheduled to have a flu shot when this one hit. Next week. Perhaps.

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  23. Beautifully painted sky!

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    1. Sandi: A gift. And one I appreciate.

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  24. Wonderful sky and of course that beautiful parrot.

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    1. dumcho wangdi: Thank you. I love them both.

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  25. loved looking at your golden sky and this parrot is reminding me the pair of parrots my mom used to have

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    1. baili: Welcome and thank you. What type of parrots did your mother have?

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  26. I love her underfeathers :)

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  27. Beautiful sky, beautiful bird. Same old, same old works for me! I never get tired of viewing your gorgeous photos! Thank you for spending the time it takes (a lot of it!) to share so much beauty with all of us.

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    1. River Fairchild: My beauty obsessed self thanks you. Beauty addict? Along with a few others.

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  28. You knew you'd thrill me with the skyscapes, huh!

    Birds are cool too :)

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: The sky is an obsession we share.

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  29. Enjoyed the gorgeous painted sky and bird both! Wishing you back in full voice soon.

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    1. Nilanjana Bose: Thank you. Getting there. Slowly.

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  30. Nice bird, so much prettier than the Scrub Jays, English Sparrows and Mourning Doves who frequent here. I like the western look sky photo best.

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    1. Strayer: I often look down the hill into that valley. And marvell. This morning it is shrouded in mist. Which is also beautiful.

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  31. I loved the Parrot, and the skies, amazing.

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    1. Bob Bushell: Thank you. I hope your holiday with Callum was wonderful.

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  32. I'm now convinced that the sky in AU is more beautiful than the US version. The parrot is fantastic, too.x

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    1. Bea: Wonderful skies are not limited by geography. Fortunately. I have seen some sunrises and sunsets from other places in the world which took my breath away.

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  33. You always delight with those beautiful skies and pretty birds, and yes she is a charmer :)

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    1. DeniseinVA: I am so grateful for the natural world. So very grateful.

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  34. I also meant to say I do hope you get rid of what sounds like a very nasty cold quickly.

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  35. Oh, EC, that sky! Just gorgeous! And that parrot looks like a child's book illustration. What a beautiful place to live.
    x

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    1. Austan: It is chilly here this morning - and still beautiful. The letter box is frozen shut though.

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  36. She's a beaut!! And what a sky! Wow! Thank you for fantastic pictures!!

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    1. Nicky HW: Some day you will see them for yourself.

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  37. Beautiful photos, EC. I am only beginning to realize how hard it is to take good sunrise and sunset photos - and bird photos. And I love the markings on the underside of the parrot. Nature has so much beauty in so many ways.

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    1. jenny_o: Nature gives me solace and delight. Often.

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  38. "I am still snotty, and still intermittently voiceless (which some would say is not a bad thing).

    Hope you are snot-free, soon :-)

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    1. The Happy Whisk: Me too. One step forward, two back at the moment.

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    2. The Happy Whisk: Very almost. The last remnants of a cough remain.

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  39. Sorry you're still sniffling. Thank you for making the energy to post. Your pictures are highly appreciated as are you. Feel well soon.

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  40. Thanks for sharing the songs from your dawn:)
    And the birds that you see wild are only caged here
    so it's brilliant beauty to see one flying free!
    Thanks for sharing the view from your world,
    Jennifer

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    1. Jennifer Richardson: I love to see our feathered visitors, and I love that they are free. It makes the privilege of seeing them even more amazing.

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  41. Oh how lovely is that parrot.
    The sky, clouds are amazing..

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel: It was a stunning dawn. Mad woman with camera dances were involved.

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  42. That parrot is beautiful indeed, as are the sky shots. I'm still deeply jealous of the birds that just pop into your garden! :D

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    1. LL Cool Joe: You, and other bloggers, see things I will never see. And I admit to a smidge of jealousy too.

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  43. Lovely parrots.My song birds may not be exotic but like clockwork as the dawn breaks at around 3 AM they gather and begin their morning chorus in the apple tree right outside my bedroom window. Usually I can get back to sleep with a pleasant smile upon my face.

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    1. Rasma Raisters: Lots of our birds are beautiful. Few of them are musical. The dawn chorus here is not a song. A shriek and a scream...

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  44. Oh my gosh, look at the sky and the birds. Wondrous.
    Wish you'd get to feeling better.....

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    1. Sandra Cox: The sky and the birds are never-ending delight. Unlike the snottiness. Which is going. Slowly.

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  45. She is a beauty for sure! Can't believe you get to enjoy such sites. My Sunday Selection photo would be of my dog Slim curled up in my chair pretending to be asleep so she could stay there. LOL

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    1. Granny Annie: The cats are pretty good at the finding somewhere comfortable and refusing to move trick too. They are currently agitating to go out, but it is cold and they won't last long.

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  46. Your photos of the clouds and birdie are so animated, I can almost see them moving.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: Believe me, move they did.

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  47. Birds are just so beautiful aren't they? And those clouds, gorgeous as well.

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    1. 1st Man: I am glad that I am not the only bird/sky obsessed blogger.

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  48. I have never seen a King parrot. Beautiful bird! My goodness you live in a wonderful area! Do you have a favorite local animal?

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    1. Ginger Dawn Harman: Her (much brighter) partner was around this morning. Munching on apple, making me smile.
      My favourites change with the winds. I love them all.

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  49. We are fascinated by your same old birds lol....the sky pics are gorgeous!

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    1. Kim @ Stuff could...: Thank you. I do worry that I am boring people to sobs.

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  50. "Your" birds fascinate and delight me. And brilliant skies!

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  51. Fabulous shots of bird and clouds!

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  52. Love the pictures, the birds and the clouds look amazing!

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    1. Rachna Chhabria: Welcome and thank you.

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  53. Oh my gosh, what a gorgeous bird! Pretty sky, too!

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    1. Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines: Each time I type your blog name I have trouble with the spelling. Some day I will remember. And thank you. I love the sky and the birds too.

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  54. Those sky pics are just so evocative of a dystopian story...
    Hope you're feeling better today.

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    1. Sandra Cox: Not a way I have ever looked at the sky. Are you going to write that story? Hint, hint.

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  55. I'm sorry that you are snotty and quiet. People that I live with wish I was quiet. Not going to happen.
    I love your pictures-perfect as always.

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    1. Sonya Ann: I hear you on the people around me longing for quiet. It has happened - but won't last.

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  56. A big WOW at the clouds. About your voice--do you talk a lot?

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    1. Snowbrush: My father used to tell me that my tongue was hinged in the middle and wagged at both ends. I have improved (become quieter) from those chattering days.

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  57. Hey Sue,

    Yes, it's actually me, Penny's alleged human. I sure hope you aren't still snotted up and bordering on speechless.

    The skies and the birds where you live, awesome!

    Gary

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    1. klahanie: Hi Gary. Lovely to see you hear. Less snotty and with more voice. Not perfect, but on the way.

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  58. I'm running late, but I hope you're feeling better. Lovely photos as always. I'm always fascinated by the sky photos. The colors are so amazing.

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    1. Mason Canyon: You are always welcome, and never late. I did love that sky. We have had too much cloud for good displays this week. No rain, but lots of cloud.

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  59. Beautiful. The king parrot wears my favourite colours, green and peachy-orange. NZ birds are very drab in comparison.

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    1. lynners: I am often grateful that our cockatoos and corellas (mischievous the the core) are not as intelligent as your kea.

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  60. She is definitely a charmer! Gorgeous clouds, too. Hope you are feeling better today.

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    1. Lynn: Thank you. Clouds and the birds give me so much pleasure. Time and time again.

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  61. Love the bird, and the sky. You make me want to go bird watching.

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    1. Crystal Collier: Be careful. Watching birds can become (did become) an addiction way too fast.

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  62. Sweet birds after such a lovely bit of action in your beautiful skies! Wow, incredible sight. I do hope you're feeling better soon, take good care, and enjoy those sweet critters. Thanks for sharing them too.

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    1. Karen S.: Thank you. The birds are back this morning. The sky is grey, but the birds are back.

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  63. I love seeing parrots in the wild. I hate seeing them in cages. These were once again beautiful pictures. Here's to getting rid of that bug 100%.

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    1. cleemckenzie: I hear you on the subject of cages. I had a caged bird as a child (and now feel shame). And love our wild visitors.

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  64. Are you better today?
    I have a nesting robin:)

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    1. Sandra Cox: A nesting robin??? Colour me jealous. Photos please. Pretty please. And I am getting better.

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    2. Glad you're better:)
      I've got a phone pic but it's pretty shadowy. I'll pull out the camera.
      Lost the bluebird babies:( From what I read, I'm guessing too much rain not enough food. They started rebuilding last week, but I haven't seen them in the last couple of days so I don't know if they are still there or not.

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    3. Sandra Cox: I am sorry about the babies, and hope there is another (more successful) hatching.

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    4. Sandra Cox: Everything crossed. It is blissfully damp here at the moment.

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  65. She's the total charmer. I wish I had birds like her in my garden - although admittedly I cannot complain, really.

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    1. Carola Bartz: I know exactly what you mean. We have lots of lovely birds and I am so grateful to see them. But would also like rather a lot of other birds as well. Greed.

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  66. Hi Sue,
    I've tried for about 5 minutes to comment, but can't make blogger take my comment, even after matching pictures of soup and verifying I'm not a robot. Just know I'm one of the anonymous people that you know. Barb Froman

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    1. Barb Froman: Blame the robots at blogger and google. Sigh. And it is lovely to see you here. Whenever/however you drop in. How weird though that they will allow an anonymous comment but refuse to take on from another blogging platform. A pox on them.

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  67. She's got real personality! Particularly enjoy the last shot of her puffing out her chest as though in dignified thought.

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    1. John Wiswell: Certainly in dignified thought... wondering how long before I stopped playing with the camera and took out some apple.

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  68. Wish I was up early enough to see a beautiful dawn like that!
    Nah. Maybe not.
    Love the parrot. She does look interested!

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    1. Dawn@Lighten Up!: I see most dawns. No virtue in it. Insomnia and habit.

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  69. Beautiful pics as always. Sorry for the long absence. I usually dislike birds as you know, but she looks gorgeous!

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    1. Riot Kitty: Lovely to see you out and about in the blogosphere. And you really, really wouldn't like to see our (almost) permanently crap covered veranda.

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  70. Ooooh, she is charming! Keep on with the same old, same old. Birds are amazing!

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    1. Ms. Cranky Pants: They are. The cats think so too, and would like a MUCH closer acquaintance.

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  71. Ahhhhhhh! Birb. ^_^ She's so pretty!

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    1. Robert Bennett: Yes. The whole family share her looks...

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  72. Such beautiful sky photos! Love the colors and the clouds. I could look at birds all day long. ;)
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~ Jess: We spend a LOT of time watching the birds. And don't consider it wasted.

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  73. Divine skies, adorable parrot! We live in a wonderful country, EC.

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    1. Carol: We do. I am very, very grateful. Particularly for the natural beauty. Not for our politicians (of any flavour).

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