Monday, 25 February 2013

Rainbow colours on a grey day

A break in the wet weather but still a grey and threatening sky, so likely we will get more of the wet. We now have had more rain during Jan. & Feb. than the last six months of 2012. However there was a very bright spot as I drove to the shop this morning, two pair of Eastern Rosellas were feeding near the front gate. They are the most brightly coloured of the medium sized parrots and are regularly seen but I have had great difficulty in getting a photo as they are very wary and take flight at the slightest disturbance, today was no exception and I though I was again out of luck.
On the way back I found that one was very busy eating grass seeds that could be reached by working along the barbed wire fence. It was so engrossed that I managed to get a couple of shots and then when the seeds were exhausted it flew off.
The Easter Rosella Platycercus eximius is quite a commonly seen bird ranging from SE Queensland through eastern NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and SE South Australia. When we lived in Sydney they were regular visitors to the backyard and relatively tame as they were so used to visiting bird feeders in the suburbs.


  1. Lovely photo Ian and what a beautiful parrot :)

    1. Thank you Caroline for your kind comment and whilst we have quite a few colourful parrots I think the Eastern gets the prize for the most colours.