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Parakeet in the Snow…

Parakeet in the Snow…
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-22 10:10
Viewed: 3478
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Parakeet in the snow… Not so strange in Brussels. This one did not fly when I was approaching. Too cold for it? I was able to shoot it with my 100mm macro lens.

Psittacula krameri (Scopoli, 1769)
Family: Psittacidae

The Rose-ringed Parakeet, also known as the Ringnecked Parakeet, is a gregarious tropical parakeet species. This non-migrating species is one of few parrot species that have successfully adapted to living in 'disturbed habitats', and in that way withstood the onslaught of urbanisation and deforestation. In the wild, this is a noisy species with an unmistakable squawking call.
As is the case with all Psittacula (Afro-Asian Ringnecked Parakeet) species, the Rose-ringed Parakeet is sexually dimorphic. The adult male sports a black neck-ring and pink nape-band while the hen and immature birds of both sexes either show no neck rings, or display shadow-like pale to dark grey neck-rings and light (lighter coloured than surroundings) nape-bands.
In the wild, Rose-ringed Parakeets usually feed on buds, fruits, vegetables, nuts, berries and seeds. Wild flocks also fly several miles to forage in farmlands and orchards causing extensive damage. They have been found to feed extensively on pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan) during winter in India. They also breed during winter unlike most other South Asian birds.
The Rose-ringed Parakeet has established feral populations in India, a number of European cities, South Africa and Japan. There are also apparently stable populations in the USA (Florida, California and Hawaii) and a small self-sustaining population in Tehran, Iran. They are also found almost throughout Lebanon, Israel, UAE and Oman. It is a very small amount of escaped birds currently in Australia.
The European populations became established during the mid to late 20th Century from introduced and escaped birds. There are two main population centres in Britain: the largest is based around south London, consisted of many thousands of birds, Elsewhere in Britain, smaller feral populations have established from time to time (e.g., at Studland, Dorset, Kensington Gardens, and South Manchester).
Populations exist in many other European cities: Barcelona, Brussels, Cologne, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Lille, Paris, Marseilles, Athens…
In Brussels, the population of the two major dormitories is about 8000 individuals.

Commission Ornithologique de Watermael-Boitsfort
Le Point, 6 novembre 2008

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Ciao Catherine. Low light here,anyway good brigh colours. Interesting POV and perfect details as usual.


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-22 10:24]

What a lovely capture this Parakeet in the winter outside!
Wonderful colors and details.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-22 11:12]

Hi Catherine. You were able to get very close to this Parakeet . We now have many flocks in Southern England. You have taken this with a fine POV looking up at the bird. Good featehr detail and colours. Well taken . TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-22 11:18]

Salut Catherine,c'est vraiment etrange pour mi de voir ces oiseau typiquellement tropical dans la neige! C'est un gros scoop ma chere!Et quelle merveilleuse qualite',pas facile des couleurs et une nettete' comme ca dans la neige.Mes compliments et bonne soiree',Luciano

Ciao Catherine,
très belle et insolite photo de cette Perruche à collier, très bonne netteté et couleurs naturelles, jolie composition.
Merci et félicitations
Bonne soirée

Wonderful papagal!
Great capture in full winter.

Hello Catherine,
Great image with superb details and wonderful colours.
Nice close up!

Hello Catherine, wonderful shot of this cute parakeet from nice viewpoint.
Happy Christmas and New Year!
TFS and regards,

Hi Catherine,

Delightful and flawless caprure of a male parakeet from wonderful POV with usual great clarity and fine composition.
TFS. Happy X-mas feast and New Year MF!


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-22 23:20]

Hi Catherine,
Beautiful capture.Details on plumage,natural caolors and ose of bird are excellent.
Thanks for posting..

Hy Chaterine
It is strange indeed and I think that the parakeets are not used with the snow.
Merry Christmas to you and Happy New Year!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-26 10:12]

Hello Catherine,
How incredible to see this Parakeet against a snowy background! I know they're now common in the south of England but I've only seen them in hot Delhi! I hope they can stand the cold weather. A great capture, very sharp and the colours are wonderful as is the composition! Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

hello Catherine,
Yes, feeling the winter cold, the parrot sits ill at ease but what a wonderful shot this is....really shows the mood of the bird and the background responsible for that mood. I have just visited your page and along with your shots liked your own photo too....smile...thanks for sharing...wish you a happy 2010...warmest regards/Abid

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