Garden visitors

21 Feb


senegal parrot? (Poicephalus senegalus)

senegal parrot? (Poicephalus senegalus)

I had gone out to see how the Hadedha chicks were doing (they should be flying within the next day or two) when I noticed two parrots gaily eating away at the pink flowers on the tree. I have no idea what tree it is for those of you who want to know 🙂 I had my camera with me with which had a 250mm lens on it but it just wasn’t reaching out far enough to get a clear shot, so I rushed back inside and put on my 500mm lens. Using this large lens without my tripod is quite something! But I need to get used to it, so it was a good exercise.

It is a wonder how many people will walk through their gardens with their eyes cast downwards looking at the lawn and flowers in the beds. They never take the time to see what is happening above them. And I think this is how many people approach their lives. They just don’t take the time or opportunity to see that there is a lot more going on around them.


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6 responses to “Garden visitors

  1. 68ghia

    21/02/2013 at 19:38

    How cool!!
    I would have known it was a parrot of some kind, but not the actual name 😉

    • paul

      22/02/2013 at 05:14

      My bird reference books are being used plenty in the last while.
      My son-in-law is the actual boffin on birds and animals while my daughter knows plants. I refer many things to them as well.

  2. Pussycat44

    21/02/2013 at 19:40

    Nice birdie!
    If he comes from Senegal he’s rather far from home 😉

    • paul

      22/02/2013 at 05:12

      Just what I thought. The normal wild parrot we see on the add occasion is a Meyers Parrot which looks very similar. (Afr. Bosveld pappegaai) What made me go for a Senegal Parrot is the green colour splitting the breast.

  3. optie

    22/02/2013 at 12:30

    What charming visitors, nothing that exotic in my neck of the woods.

    • paul

      25/02/2013 at 10:12

      Keep on the lookout. It is surprising what does pop up in our gardens.
      I need to get down on my tummy and see what is hiding under some of the plants. It might be quite interesting.


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