Thursday, 7 February 2008

Why.....?

...is that Parakeet sitting on that branch while people walk by near him? Is he displaying? He is a fine specimen, with his ring round his neck.
Ah, that's why.....he has a mate.
It's his job to look out for trouble, while she.......


....digs out the nest-hole, sawdust spraying everywhere. And he continues to sit there, because he's on a promise.

5 comments:

Mary said...

What beautiful birds!! Are those wild where you live?? Your photos are great.

NW Nature Nut said...

I have some Snowdrops that I just noticed blooming the other day too. A promise of Spring...I love them. Oh yes, and what's the deal with the birds...ARE they wild??

Steve of Kingsdown said...

Thanks for your interest - a flock of about 600 Rose-Ringed Parakeets has grown up in this area from some escaped pet birds, and a similar larger flock has established in London. We are waiting for the flocks to join up in the next few years - there's a gap of about 50 miles at the moment.

Sandpiper said...

They're beautiful! For over 30 years there were colonies of monk parrots living in the wild here. I'm told they escaped when a truck overturned. Their nests became a nuisance to the electric company, and despite widespread protests, they were euthanized last year. It makes me sick to think about it. :-(

Steve said...

Interesting avout the Parakeets Steve...I work in SE London and see 100s everyday, that is only 25miles from my patch but I am yet to see (or more likely hear their racket) around here....only a matter of time as you say...