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Indian Parakeet

Indian Parakeet
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lime Greens, Birds in India [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-08 1:08
Viewed: 4914
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I use the term 'Indian Parakeet' in a loose sense here just as Americans use the word 'Parakeet' for birds belonging to Parrot family. Actually, there are numerous sub-species of Parrots and it requires refinement to the last detail to reach at the true identity of a parrot.

During rainy season, Mayo campus is full of these birds. I remember a story from my days there from 1977 to 1989. In my tenure as the Housemaster of a senior House from 1984 to 1989, I used to live in a first floor apartment with a long verandah facing the garden. There were three acacia and tamarind trees in the garden and during monsoons, these trees were the favourite haunt of parrots. They would assemble there frequently and make hell of a racket in their parrot voices.
One rainy afternoon in the August of 1987, we were having lunch out in the verandah while hundreds of parrots screeched in those acacia trees. Suddenly, one parrot flew into the verandah and perched on the dinner table right in front of us. It very decidedly moved closer to the rice dish at the centre of the table and started sharing the meal without least inhibitions. Amused, we let the fellow have his way. After a few bites, it flew up and perched on my wife's head. She was obviously scared and did not know what to do. I whispered to her to keep still. After a minute or so, the parrot got bored with a human head for a perch and flew away to join its buddies in the trees.
Next day, we waited for the repeat performance from the daring parrot and we were not disappointed. This time we had kept some green chillies ready to be served and the fellow relished them quite a lot. For about 8 days, the parrot appeared at lunch time and gave us company. It once chose my head to perch on and I felt its sharp talons digging into my scalp. We became so pally with it we even gave it a name. We reached the conclusion that perhaps it was a pet bird of someone that had either escaped or had been released and was not scared of human beings.
Be that as it may, one afternoon it flew away with the flock and never came back. In fact, the flock did not return to our acacia trees that season.


I shot this picture of a single parrot on Mayo College campus this September.
Thanks for looking and have a nice day.

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Hello Ram
Green and elegant. I like natural surrounding and great saturated colors. Also good diagonal composition and nice not disturbing background

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-08 1:44]

Hi Ram,
Beautiful capture.I liked colors,contrast,POV,lighting and composition a lot.
Thanks for posting.

Hi Ram,
Very good capture of this beautiful Parakeet. Great POV and composition, sharp details, bright natural colours.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-08 2:22]

Hello Ram,
I remember seeing these in Delhi, they're so beautiful but rather noisy! Excellent capture of this one in a lovely composition. Colours are beautiful and details very sharp. I like the dark background too. Very well done!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hi Ram,
Very nice shot of parkeet and its habitat. You have handled the patchy golden light very well. As usual interesting notes too.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-12-08 4:51]

Hello Ram,
Very touching your story to illustrate your fine picture of the Indian Parrakeet. To have these birds around in trees sounds very exotic to me. I also had for about a year a bird-guest (pigeon) which came every day in my kitchen, when I was living in Geneva. I called him Anastase. He even made his nest on my balcony.. but one day he didn't come back and the female was left alone. Then all pigeons of the neighbourhood came to condole and the female found a new partner :-)
I would like to thank you also for your kind handshake of Saturday. Unfortunately the last two days I had problems with balance and couldn't use my PC. Now it's a little better.
Thanks and a big smile

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-08 7:03]

A fine capture of a female Rose-ringed Parrot backed by an amusing story Ram.
I like the POV, stretched out pose and composition on the leaning branch against a fine contrasting BG. Apparently this species is spreading into various part of the world, mainly due to cagebird escapes. I have seen and heard a noisy flock in Hyde Park London a few years ago.
TFS this delight,
All the best,

And our small ones die quickly. they do not like to be caged, nor do they like drafts. I had 4 of them as a child and each passed quickly....birds are meant to be free! Nice post and brings back some fine notions which I can now see were wrong in 20-20 hindsight!

A beautifully formed and coloured individual captured in natural surroundings expertly from a good vantage point Ram, thank you indeed my friend for sharing this finely composed and nicely framed image with us.

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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2008-12-08 9:27]

Hello Ram,

This is a splindid capture of the Indian Parakeet. The colors and detsials are really good. Good focusing, lighting and sharpness is perfect. The conposition, POV and DOF is wonderful. TFS.


Hi Ram,
Very nice light and colour tones in this shot.
A very interesting and amusing story to accompany it.
I was surprised to read that the parrot enjoyed green chillies.
Interesting post.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-12-08 23:46]

Hello Ram

A great shot of this parrot. Good detail with a nice daigonal composition.


Hello Ram,
Good shot with nice composition, focus and DOF are perfect.
Very nice bird too
Well done and TFS

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-12-09 8:04]

Hello Ram Sir, What a pose and with excellent clarity. Amazing sharpness. Ganesh

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-09 13:54]

Hi Ram,
we get these over here too :-)
Great photograph of this Ring-necked Parrakeet.
Nice colours.
Well composed.
Excellent exposure.

Well done,

Ciao Ram, lovely diagonal composition with splendid paraket, wonderful colors and great details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-12-09 16:33]

Hello Ram,
Very beautiful Parakeet.. Great POV, wonderful shot.. Well done


Hello Ram,

This is a beautiful photo. Though AP has its green parts, there are very less animals and birds in the jungle. I feel bad about that. Most jungle land is depleting and been given away for SEZ's!

I love the color, and the photo is so natural! I even like your frame, i never thought that a transparent frame would look so attractive.



When I first came to India, in 1996, I saw flocks of birds everywhere, egrets, parakeets, parrots, now rarely. Also gone are all the huge swarms of dragonflies or butterflies. My favorite place was the bird park in Bhratupur, now dried up I hear!

May I mention this is a Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri)? It must be a female or a young male; you can't tell just by the plumage. Adult males have a collar that doesn't show until the age of three.
There are about 350 species of parrot in the world, and many of them have different subspecies.
"Parakeet" is a name given by aviculturists to some members of the parrot family, but it doesn't have any taxonomic relevance. And the Americans use it loosely for the Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus).
I hope my comment is of any help.
Thanks for sharing a picture of this favorite bird of mine.

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