Outside my Back Door

There are times I am so amazed at what I find just outside my book door. But then I shouldn’t be, as I am a firm believer in the saying: “There are a thousand pictures within ten minutes of home.”

The first image is of an Australian King Parrot which was no further than ten metres from my back door. I saw him land in the Wattle Tree and start feasting on the seeds.

Australian King Parrot feeding on the Wattle Tree seeds.

Australian King Parrot feeding on the Wattle Tree seeds.

The next image is of a butterfly taking nectar and was no more than three metres from the back door.

I'm not very good at identifying butterflies. I believe this is an Australian Painted Lady - but feel free to correct me if I am wrong.

I’m not very good at identifying butterflies. I believe this is an Australian Painted Lady – but feel free to correct me if I am wrong.

And of course the busy bees were buzzing near the butterfly.

Busy Bee

Busy Bee

Bee, Barongarook West, Victoria, Australia

Busy Bee #2

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A Garden Visitor

This photograph is of an Australian King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis). These birds often visit the feeders I have in my garden, and mostly are very shy. However there are times I am simply amazed at how close they will let me come to them with my camera in hand.

An Australian King Parrot.

An Australian King Parrot.

Australian King Parrots #2

Every now and then King Parrots (Alisterus scapularis) turn up at the feeders I have in my garden. Last time they came, the birds were very approachable and I was very surprised how close they allowed me to get to them. These birds which turned up this morning we very wary, and I quickly learned that I had to keep my distance.

Australian King Parrot at feeder - an old tin plate nailed to a post!!

Australian King Parrot at feeder – an old tin plate nailed to a post!!

The colouring of this bird suggests a female or an immature bird. Perhaps this was the reason for its wariness!!

This Australian King Parrot claimed the second feeder!

This Australian King Parrot claimed the second feeder!

Australian King Parrot

The Australian King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis) is an occasional visitor to my garden. It is a long-tailed parrot and is a very distinctive bird of about 42 centimetres in size.

The male’s head and underparts are a brilliant scarlet while the back is green. The rump is blue and the tail a black-blue. There are green crescents on the abdomen and under tail coverts. The inner wing has light has light green coverts.

Male Australian King Parrot

Male Australian King Parrot

Australian King Parrot

Male Australian King Parrot #2

Australian King Parrot

Male Australian King Parrot at feeder

The female and immature juvenile birds are very similar to the male except the head and neck are light green; there is usually no light shoulder stripe.

Female Australian King Parrot - Immature juvenile will look similar

Female Australian King Parrot – Immature juvenile will look similar

These birds habit moist tall forests and the adjoining farmland. They will visit orchards, (they are known for raiding fruit trees) gardens and parks during winter and autumn.

For reference I consult the Simpson & Day Field Guide to the Birds of Australia. I have the fifth edition, however I believe there is now a sixth edition.

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