Sunday, 24 June 2012

Crimson Rosellas do bird bath (again)

I have posted in the past about birds using our bird bath.  Over the past two days (23-24 June 2012) a flock of Crimson Rosellas (Platycercus elegans) have been around it (as in the past).

On the afternoon of the 23rd the flock was as large as 9 birds.  Like many species they tend to form larger groups in Winter, since more eyes increase the chance of finding relatively scarce resources.
The next image isn't great, as the light was getting a tad marginal for taking photos through a window, but if clicked the image will show the variation in colour from the young 'green' birds to the full glory of the red and blue adults.
The following morning was a tad cool, as evidenced by the frost on the Crocosmia when Frances took this image.  Obviously the birds weren't perched when she took i tbut it does show the landing strategy as well as the light blue flashes on the wings and tail.
On the subject of landing strategies this photo shows that skis might have been indicated as the water was a tad firmer and slipperier than might have been expected!

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