Saturday, 7 May 2011

Parrot Deja Vu

While I was sorting out my moth traps and photographing a couple of the more interesting "first for the year" moths I heard a loud, unusual but some how distantly familiar sound. When I went out side a fairly large longish tailed parrot flipped out of the Silver Birch tree in the side garden and disappeared. I hadn't identified it and though that that would be the last I saw of it.

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

A couple of hours later Pam asked me what the noise in the garden was and I immediately recognised the call of the parrot. It was in a different tree and this time stayed there while we looked and photographed it. I know the winds have been quite strong from the south east but I hadn't expected an Australian visitor. It's three and a half years and 10,500 miles since I last saw a Crimson Rosella and the two photos bear an uncanny resemblance, although today's one doesn't feature a Gum (Eucalyptus) Tree.

This one was taken Near Melbourne, at Grant's Picnic site in Sherbrooke Forest, 14/10/2007. I must admit that I was not aware that Rosellas are often kept in captivity, certainly in Australia they become very tame at picnic sites and other place where they can benefit from human activity.


Susan said...

They are entertaining birds, aren't they? The owner of the pub where we lived in the UK kept various Australian parrots. I could hear them from the platform when catching the train for work. It was a bit of a mind bender. (BTW, your Australian one isn't sitting in a gum tree.)

Tony Morris said...

No, it;s not a gum tree, but a bit of poetic licence, can you ID the tree for me?

Kingsdowner said...

I saw one by the NT car park and Steve Ray saw one (maybe two) by the lighthouse - wouldn't it be great if they bred :-(
Perhaps they could take on the parakeets.

Tony Morris said...

No it wouldn't!!