Australian King Parrot

I heard a bird calling in our front yard and knew it was an Australian King Parrot. They’ve been hanging around a lot lately. A family of them. This is a grown male.  He watched me put seed in the feeder (the reason he was calling I’m sure) and then just sat and watched me without moving to the feeder. He made noises to me and I chatted back to him. I then put seed in the palm of my left hand and he leant down from his branch slowly and fed from my hand.  Had I smaller lens on my camera I would have taken a shot but I had my longer lens on which is no good for really up close shots.  Here are some I took of him that day.

Australian King Parrot

Australian King Parrot

Australian King Parrot

They are a beautiful bird, quite large and appear to be friendly too, not as afraid of us as other birds are.

Australian King Parrots

As I was working in my garden on the weekend (yay, we had sunshine on a weekend…. finally!) we had a family of King Parrots come visit. Didn’t see mum but dad (bright red chest) was there, along with the kiddies. They had been watching me in the garden and calling so I went and got some seed and put it in the two feeders and they came down from the trees quite quickly after that.

Australian King Parrots

Australian King Parrots

Australian King Parrots

Australian King Parrots

Close up of King Parrot

When you go to Grant’s Picnic Grounds in Kallista you can get up close and personal to the birds.  The kiosk sells birdseed to the tourists and visitors.  In these shots I’d taken a family member from interstate to visit the grounds and experience getting up close and personal to these beautiful birds.  I believe this bird is a juvenile.

 

From my family to yours

I hope you have a Merry Christmas and that today is a day filled with love, joy, blessings and many good things.  No-one should be alone on a day like today so if you can, reach out to someone you know is alone, or if you are alone, I hope and pray that someone reaches out to you.

Our daughters and their husbands, and our beautiful grandson, will be sharing the evening meal with us today.

This photo was taken earlier this year of a King Parrot family on our driveway gate.  Aren’t they gorgeous?

Australian King Parrot

This pair were watching to see if I was putting out any more feed recently in our garden. These parrots don’t seem to be afraid, that is they’re used to having humans in close proximity. I know they hang around my neighbour’s deck out the back as he has a pet Corella living there and it’s on the second story so on tree top level. But they often visit our property too.

The one with the brilliant red is the male.

306-365 Australian King Parrot - male

Australian King Parrot - female