Friday, April 2, 2010
Parakeets in the Garden
While there are lots of wild ring-neck parakeets now residing in Surrey, we have only the occasional fly-by of these amazingly beautiful birds. I never tire of seeing them, as they seem in-congruent to the English countryside. They also have very distinctive calls, and we've learned to turn eyes to the sky when we hear their shrill trumpeted arrival. They generally fly over in groups of three to five, and rarely alone. I have only seen them in our garden three times, and recently, I managed to photograph two of them eating from our feeders. Because they are very shy and will fly away at the slightest of movement or sound, I have to carefully shoot the photos through the glass in the French doors of our dining room. As you can tell from the photos below, the results are usually poor. However, while one of the parrots was feeding, its mate sat in the tree above the feeders, and I was very happy with the results (above)!