Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Sunday Selections 375

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. I am returning to my avian obsessed ways, with pictures of some of our feathered visitors.







I adore the bearded ravens and feel privileged that they visit us.  I treat them with respect though.
As do the other birds.



This young corella is a regular visitor.  And very, very noisy.  It is only quiet when food is being stuffed into that gaping maw. 


The crimson rosellas are much quieter.  And always welcome.

We can now hand feed king parrots, cockatoos and corellas.  Which makes for some problems.  We have insufficient arms and cannot minister to their needs/wants simultaneously. 



It is incredibly trusting of the corella to bury its head in the food bucket so close to the feeder and the photographer.



That whinging youngster again.  It goes on and on and on.  And on.  And is very far from musical.


I wish I had been quicker/more accurate with this photo.  The whinger was just about to be fed.






I really like the 'chevrons' under the King Parrot's tails - though you may have to embiggen the photos to see them.


The cockatoo behind the King Parrot got tired of waiting 'patiently' and marched up and menaced the King Parrot off himself's hand.  And was itself bounced by yet another cockatoo.  Pecking order isn't an empty phrase.


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  1. You are so fortunate to have these beautiful creatures in your yard!!

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  2. You have a version of paradise I would love, EC. What exquisite creatures!

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    1. Marie Smith: Aren't they beautiful? It is not long before dawn here now, and I can hear the dawn chorus. And love it.

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: We think so too.

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  4. Hello! Your first photo is pretty much my expression right now with yet another snow storm! Help I say! Even my birds are quite upset, as well as the bunnies! But my dog, Misty loves every single snowflake! Enjoy your weekend and lovely birds.

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    1. Karen S.: I hope your snow storm is short lived - and am glad that at least one member of the household loves it.

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  5. I do love your bird posts. I never get tired of them.

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    1. Birdie: I am glad. I do know that not everyone shares my obsession.

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  6. The ravens are spectacular, in countenance and plumage.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: They are. There is a family of them who visit, and we love to see them.

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  7. You are lucky being able to feed the by hand, lovely.

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    1. Bob Bushell: We do know just how lucky we are.

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  8. Such beautiful birds! I, too, would feel massively priviledged to be a human bird post. :) Thanks so much for sharing your yard and critters with everyone.

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    1. River Fairchild: We do too. And cleaning up after the incontinent vandals is a small price to pay.

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  9. Beautiful! I could hand feed our chickadees, but it would take a few weeks to train them. My cats would hate me.

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    1. Jono: These days Jazz nuzzles around my legs while I feed them and the birds ignore him. He has obviously become fat and lazy.

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  10. I love all the birds. My lot up here have their watches set and arrive on time every afternoon. I try not to be late serving them so as not to ruffle their feathers!!

    I hope you have a very good week, EC...cuddles to Jazz. :)

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    1. Lee: We have two sessions. The early morning birds arrive just before dawn, and the afternoon shift an hour or so before sunset. Some birds come twice, but most of the visitors keep their own schedule. Jazz is currently not my friend. Or himself's. I was in the garden early and Jazz woke himself up to complain (despite having gone out briefly and deciding it was tooooo cold). After I came in, I gently pushed him back on the chair he was about to fall from. He bit me. I am still bleeding.
      I trust Remy and Sharma are better behaved and you all have a good week.

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    2. Wow! To the naughty corner with Jazz!

      Remy and Shama have never bitten me or attacked me in any way. They've always been most well-behaved in that way.

      They are a funny pair...wonderful personalities, with characteristics that give me much pleasure daily...and nightly! Many conversations are conducted between them and me....when they are awake...and when they are awake they have much to discuss with me! :)

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    3. Lee: Jazz is a rescue cat and obviously went through some hard times. He is unpredictable. He knows he is safe, but lashes out.

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    4. As does Lola, half a box of bandaids this week.

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    5. River: On the plus side, I have developed Jazz antibodies. His bites/scratches never get infected.

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  11. We did have bird baths and water bowls at our former home, but here there are too many cats and dogs so I don't encourage feeding.
    Actually, I discourage indiscriminate feeding by people who don't know what wildlife diets are!Sadly, the old "nature table" in classrooms seems to have been ousted by the need to get kids computer-savvy.

    I do know, however, that you are not feeding them the wrong food. :-)

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    1. dinahmow: Thank you. We are careful what we put out for them, and grow native plants to cater for the nectar eaters. No white bread and sugar feeds here.

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  12. I'm just amazed you can hand feed them. I imagine the ravens dominate when they are there.

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: The ravens don't eat seed, but do enjoy apple. And nothing else gets a look in at the apple while they are here.

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  13. Hi EC - how wonderful you can feed them so happily ... and incredible the ravens are so brazen - well done. Beautiful photos and I too love the chevrons - just stunning - cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: The ravens fascinate me. The male lands early and carefully checks out the area to ensure it is safe before the rest of the family are allowed to land.
      Aren't those chevrons beautiful? And they are not something you see until you are quite close.

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  14. The black bird remind me of our ravens.
    Coffee is on

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    1. peppylady (Dora): I wonder whether our bearded raven is related to yours? Probably not.
      Enjoy your coffee.

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  15. A wonderful collection of birds, and amazing to see them feeding from your hands.

    Yes, the photograph of the young corella does look as if its making a noise!

    Enjoy the remainder of the weekend.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~Jan: That young corella makes a LOT of noise. We know it is there long before we see it.
      I hope you get sunshine and have a delightful weekend.

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    2. We did have a wonderful weekend, the sun shone and we enjoyed a tea party with family and friends, it was great fun.

      I still think it amazing that the birds fed from your hand, that is so special.

      Hope the new week will be good and not too hot over there!

      My good wishes

      All the best Jan

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  16. such beautiful visitors you have,,, you must feel so honored,, they are amazing!

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    1. laurie: Welcome and thank you. We do feel honoured. And privileged.

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  17. You have some very, very lovely friends. Feeding them would become a bit difficult, i am sure. Like here, they get accustomed and start demanding a hand-out.

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    1. messymimi: They do indeed demand hand-outs. Which we are happy to provide.

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  18. A feast for the eyes, as always.

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  19. The raven looks angry. It's a beautiful bird.
    But parrots are wonderful, I do not see them here, and you see them every day, nice.
    Hugs

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    1. orvokki: Not angry, but alert. And looking good with it. We love the parrots too. Hugs to you as well.

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  20. Wonderful to see our parrots.
    Nice selection.

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    1. Margaret-whiteangle: It is too windy for them today (blowing a gale) but I expect they will be back this afternoon. When we will be glad to see them.

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  21. Somehow it pleases me to see the birds waiting, then bouncing off the current feeder so they can have their turn. I love the shot where the corella is smiling as you hold up the food bucket. I wish I could see bearded ravens here.

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    1. River: We like it too. And if someone is getting too aggressive about it we simply go inside.

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  22. Your parrots look so endearing and colourful. A very pleasing post to read and view.

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    1. Sapna Dhyani Devrani: Welcome and thank you. We are very, very fond of them - and have just been sitting on the front steps feeding the King Parrots.

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  23. I really, really like the birds you photograph. .. except the ravens. There are so many here in this area where I am right now and I feel bothered by them. Maybe because they are so dark, their crows so annoying. ...

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    1. Caterina: You haven't heard the young corella. I would MUCH rather listen to the raven.

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  24. The chevrons on the King parrots are just the kind of detail I love!
    Corellas are some of the noisiest, brattiest birds I know of and I love them for it (maybe less if they were at my house though!)

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    1. kylie: The corellas are indeed cheeky charmers. I will try and get a video of the horrendous noise the young whinger makes. A few years ago we saw an adult rap a youngster on the head when the noise went on for too long. Inside the house we silently applauded.

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  25. A lot of fun, and wonderful pictures!

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  26. How wonderful to form relationships with those birds. They are such characters.

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    1. catmint: They are indeed. Their characters aren't entirely good, but they have won our hearts. Though when the cockatoos dig up my tulips, behead the daffodils and mutilate the spring star flowers in a few months I may change my mind.

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  27. Fabulous photos, as usual! The raven looks like one angry bird... :) The chevron photo is beyond spectacular. Thank you for this dose of Sunday calm and colours in all the rush of April.

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    1. Nilanjana Bose: Thank you. I am not surprised that you need calm. You have had a very, very busy month.

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  28. A very handsome and imposing figure of a raven. Am jealous!

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    1. Mad Cat Lady: I am a huge corvid fan. And when we get three or four of them visiting my heart sings.

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    2. I recommend Charles de Lint. Fantasy based around irish and americann mythology. Love the crow girls. You're ravens made me think of this augie march song :) https://youtu.be/E3MkgNITx54

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    3. Mad Cat Lady: Preaching to the converted. I have a lot of his work - and should reread some of it.

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  29. Dear EC
    How wonderful to be able to get so close to these amazing visitors. Your photos are lovely.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: Thank you. It is a privilege to see the birds, and an even bigger one that they trust us.

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  30. I have to be honest EC, and admit that I don't really think of birds that much, even though I see them everyday UNTIL I see close up pictures of them. Then I can really see how glorious, colorful and unique they can all be. Thanks for sharing such lovely pics and Happy Sunday! RO

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    1. RO: I don't know where my bird obsession came from, but the more I learn (and see) the most amazed I am. Your country has some stunners I would love to see too.

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  31. Amazing photos. Living here in the city doesn't offer many opportunities for close ups like that.

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    1. mxtodis123: We live in a city - though it is often called the Bush Capital. The birds have infiltrated the suburbs really well.

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  32. I love birds. We don’t have any as exotic as the ones there but they are beautiful none the less.

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    1. Rick Watson: Exotic is in the eye of the beholder. Your country as a LOT of beautiful birds that I would classify as exotic.

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  33. I'm always fascinated by the birds that visit you,plus being able to get so close to them. Beautiful photos.

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    1. Mason Canyon: Thank you. Proving ourselves trustworthy has taken time (and a truckload of bird seed). We are very glad we perservered.

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  34. What a blessing it is to have these beautiful birds so close to you, your pictures are great, I would love to be this close to such beautiful creatures.

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    1. Jimmy: Sometimes we pinch ourselves to be sure it is real.

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  35. So cool! I was excited to have a blue bird show up yesterday though I didn't see it (Steve did)

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: I hope your blue bird comes back. They are one of the many birds I have never seen and would love to see.

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  36. Your birds are so bright and beautiful!

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    1. Strayer: They are. And noisy and destructive and much loved.

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  37. Great representation of Australian birds I am looking forward to seeing later this year!

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    1. David Gascoigne: I hope you see these and many more. I look forward to seeing your photos too.

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  38. Amazing how trusting they are.
    So cool, too. Very neat pictures.

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  39. The birds, and we, appreciate feeding at your generous heart and hands <3

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    1. Cloudia: What a lovely thing to say. Thank you.

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  40. you are the bird whisperer; the colors of the king parrots is wonderful; do you have squirrels there, we have so many here they'd eat all the bird seed, of course we don't put any out because Barney would hunt them, our lone bird house has a nest this year and we've put a screen around the bottom to hopefully keep Barney from getting near.

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    1. Linda Starr: No squirrels here. The occasional possum but I don't think they are interested in seed. They do like the apples we put out though.

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  41. Beautiful! We have grey skies and snow here again today, so your burst of colour was more than welcome!

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    1. Carolyn McBride: Spring (and Autumn here) seem to be slow to arrive this year. I hope both of us get a change of season soon.

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  42. Such stunning birds!!
    We don't have any of these here...so it is a real pleasure to see them.
    Thank you so much!☺☺

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    1. Ygraine: Thank you. I do worry that people will get tired of my obsessions.

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  43. I just love your birds, and I took some time to admire that chevron design, too. You've got your hands full, literally! :-)

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    1. DJan: Both hands full. And both hands of both of us full. Simultaneously.

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  44. I love your ravens the same I saw in london

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    1. Gosia k: I would love to see the ravens at the Tower of London.

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  45. We get lots of crows here in Western Oregon but no ravens. "A chaos of cats"? Sounds like a blog theme to me. How about a "itinerary of kittens," or a "caterwaul of cats"?

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    1. Oops, I didn't check the notify box.

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    2. Snowbrush: Our raven comes from the corvid family and is often referred to as a crow. We only have one cat at the moment (though he creates chaos all by himself). I would like another, but will probably wait since Jazz doesn't share well.

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    3. Snowbrush: Did you know that when embedded commetns are used you can tick the 'notify' button without commenting?

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    4. Ravens and crows are both in the corvid family, aka the crow family. The ravens I'm familiar with are larger and coarser than crows and not, therefore as pretty in my mind. Here are some other differences that I just pulled off the Net:

      "Ravens often travel in pairs, while crows are seen in larger groups. ... A crow's tail is shaped like a fan, while the raven's tail appears wedge-shaped. Another clue is that crows give a cawing sound, but ravens produce a lower croaking sound.

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    5. Snowbrush: I like our ravens, including their glossy plumage. And their sound is no worse than rather a lot of our native birds.

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  46. Once again I am envious of your beautiful birds. I m not sure what I would pick if I had to choose between our songbirds or your bright and beautiful ones. Most of the birds around here are not much in the looks department but, oh, can they ever sing.

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    1. Anne in the kitchen: I will try and take a short video of the young corella's song. I suspect that sound will make the decision for you.

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  47. Wow, that red body is just so red! I can never remember the difference between a crow and a raven. Are ravens simply larger? We've a ton of crows here. They seem to delight in dive-bombing red-tailed hawks. The hawks pay them no mind.

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    1. Bea: Ravens are indeed larger, and tend to travel in family groups where crow congregations are much larger. Their voices and feathers are a bit different too - but here at least people often use the words interchangeably.

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  48. What wonderful shots of all these different birds, EC. Ravens are rather stern looking, very like our crows up close, whereas the corellas look quite pleasant and welcoming. With those strong beaks I wouldn't let looks guide my actions, though :)

    How amazing that you can hand feed so many. It must be quite a feeling to have their weight and movement right there on your hands. Your patience has paid great dividends.

    You'd think the young corella would attract predators with all that noise. It's interesting to see the different personalities of the species as well as those of the individuals within the species!

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    1. jenny_o: The corellas certainly could wreak some damage with that beak, but have no reason to do so while being fed. I think. I hope.
      We don't have a lot of predators, and the young corella can certainly fly.
      I am endlessly fascinated by bird and animal personalities. And sometimes poisonalities.

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  49. Great pictures. It will take a lot to better them. You must enjoy photographing them.when you put your heart and soul into doing something it will show. All credit to you.

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    1. Terry: Thank you. Passion is only the start. Practise, practise, practise. And I still take a lot of woeful photographs.

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  50. That raven knows something is up!

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    1. John Wiswell: Dinner was what was up. And the raven enjoyed the apple.

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  51. That king parrot is indeed quite spectacular, and to think you have him eating out of your hand! Pretty cool :)

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    1. mshatch: Very, very cool. They disappear in the breeding season but we are always happy to welcome them back.

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  52. I absolutely love these photos. I am a bird lover in fact mine is on my shoulder right now, pulling on my earring.

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    1. Truedessa: What sort of bird shares your life? We love them too, but the ones that visit are free.

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  53. beautiful! I love the bearded raven!

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  54. You have lots of bird visitors to your garden we have some but they are not as tame as yours.
    Merle...........

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    1. Merlesworld: The 'tame' birds are in the minority here too. We can hand feed three or four cockatoos for example, but several dozen visit.

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  55. Perhaps the noisiest young bird gets the food. Chick survival, #101.

    Ravens never seem to be a threat to humans, unless they are alone and slowly dying in the outdoors. But they do look a bit frightening. King parrots and rosellas are such grand birds.

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    1. Andrew: The chick can feed itself, and does when its cries are ignored.
      Ravens can look threatening, but I am not sure why.

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  56. Hello,
    Wonderful pictures of these special birds. So nice.

    Kind regards,
    Mareco

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  57. Amazing that you can hand feed them like that. And I say it again and again, but I so love they can fly freely there.

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    1. Lynn: We love that they are free too - and are also amazed that we can hand-feed them.

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  58. I always look forward to your photos of color, birds, art, nature, CATS, & LIFE!))) xx

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    1. My Inner Chick: Thank you. I need colour and beauty in my world - and am happy to share.

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  59. Birds are some of my favorite creatures. I love feeding them out on my deck. I especially love the bearded raven. So pretty! I also love the crimson rosellas. :) Thanks for sharing.
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS ~Jess: Thank you. They are among our long list of favourite creatures too.

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  60. Dear EC, I just finished the latest book by Anne Perry. With it, she starts a new series that takes place in the early part of the 20th century. One character, ill and in a wheelchair for life, paints birds. And in the narration we learn that he does so because they are free. With them, he can fly. The narrator of the story says that the birds look at if they will take flight from the paper. Well, I tell you all this because as I read the book and those scenes, I thought of your blog with its photographs of birds that i've never seen before. You truly have given me in your postings a new appreciation of avian life. Thank you. Peace.

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    1. Dee: Thank you. Birds in the air do seem to epitomise freedom don't they? Some days I would love to be able to take to the skies with them.
      Peace to you too. Now and always. And to the world.

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  61. Oh, EC, how wondrous. It just doesn't get any better than that does it?

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    1. Sandra Cox: It is pretty damn good isn't it?

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  62. You have such colorful and exotic birds. I love seeing their pictures. I wonder if the raven is as smart or smarter than the crow. I know crows are as smart as an average seven-year-old, can make tools and is capable of metaphor! Maybe that's why your other birds treat the raven with such respect. :-)

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    1. cleemckenzie: I believe that scientists have upped the age assessment of the corvid families intelligence. And am not surprised. Forward planning, memory, tool use and more.

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  63. Loved this. The photos of the birds are wonderful. Hope you have a great new week.

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    1. Rasma Raisters: We love them too. I hope your week is filled with the sunshine you crave.

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  64. Schön die bunten Vögel und sie können von der Hand gefüttert werden.

    Noke

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    1. Noke: We are very grateful and appreciative.

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  65. My goodness, you are surrounded by beautiful winged visitors. I'm amazed at the close interaction you have with your colorful feathered friends.

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    1. Lynn La Vita: Welcome and thank you. We have put time and effort into our interaction with the birds - and it has been so very worthwhile.

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  66. I was feeling Poe-esq and then you made me smile with the chevrons and cockatoos. I won't even make a sexual innuendo.

    Have a peaceful week, EC.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: Chevrons and cockatoos can cast the Poes away can't they? Hugs.

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  67. I love when you post pictures of the birds of your area. They are magnificent. The birds on the northern hemisphere look so dull when compared to yours.

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    1. Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe: Your hemisphere has rather a lot of birds I would LOVE to see. And song birds. Our birds are pretty, but very few of them are melodious.

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  68. Love your birdies! You are so lucky to be able to hand-feed them! The crow is Waa (pronounced War) in Aboriginal folklore, a trickster like the Norse Loki.

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    1. Jayne: We love our birdies too. Waa is a wonderful name for crows (and of course they are tricksters). Thank you.

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  69. Yay! Corellas are back, altho they be obnoxious!

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    1. Susan Kane: Not obnoxious. Noisy. Obstreperous. Incredibly vital. And with a lot of charm.

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  70. Great bird pics! Love the young corella. I'm not back to regular blogging, but will pop on from time to time.

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    1. Karen: I am very glad to hear that the blogosphere hasn't lost you completely.

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  71. Wonderful feathery friends!

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  72. How exciting to have such a colourful assortment of birds feeding in your garden. I put breadcrumbs out in the current snow for the hungry little birds here, mostly chickadees at the moment, but the naughty squirrels steal it before the birds have much of a chance. Darn tree-rats!!!! Cute though.

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    1. Shammickite: I hope the squirrels leave some food for the hungry birds. It is pigeons which steal food here. Some of the other birds fight back though.

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  73. That cockatoo behind the King's Parrot is pretty funny. We have drivers like that over here:)

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    1. Sandra Cox: That cockatoo moved the King on. I hope your drivers are more considerate.

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  74. Wow!!! I don't know what to say??? My heart is smiling! What an experience!!! Breath taking!!! Love these photos so much! Thank you!!! I hope you got your Spring bulbs planted! I think the storm is over for us!! Big Hugs!

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    1. Magic Love Crow: Our hearts sing when we feed the birds too. I am glad that your storm is over. Some bulbs in, more to go (we bought hundreds). Hugs to you too.

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  75. Oh the black raven is such a beauty. The orange bird is so bright and out of your hand wow

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    1. Kim Standard: Isn't the bearded raven beautiful? The King Parrots are really quite clever. They are low on the pecking order and feeding from our hands ensures they get a meal.

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  76. Brilliant photos, I've stolen three of them to see if I can make them into card designs! The ravens in particular. I wish we had some birdies here to look at x

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    1. All Consuming: Let me know if you want more photos. And I would (of course) love to see your cards.

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  77. Always love these photos you share. Amazing birds!

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    1. Denise inVA: Thank you. You have some birds I would love to see - both in your country of birth and your new home.

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  78. You have such a great variety of birds who come to visit. I see doves and sparrows here, and I like them. I rarely see Robins anymore. Every once in awhile, a Blue Jay or Cardinal will pop up. That's always a treat. :)

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    1. mail4rosey: We see pigeons and sparrows too. And I would LOVE to see a Blue Jay or a Cardinal. And rather a lot of your other birds.

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  79. Even in the suburbs of Oz, the sounds of so many kinds of birds can be heard all day. It is one of the things I love about Down Under. And the smell of eucalyptus at nights.

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    1. neena maiya (guyana gyal). It is nearly dawn, and the dawn chorus is limbering up. And how I love to hear them. And smell the eucalypt (we have three large ones).

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