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Will he Survive the Winter?

Will he Survive the Winter?
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-01-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-01-22 9:07
Viewed: 3166
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The local news reported this species of Australian Parrot flying in the wild since last spring close to where I now live.

Eastern Rosella , Platycerus eximius

Swedish name: Praktrosella, meaning, 'splendid rosella'.

This rosella has very likely escaped from captivity. It has survived so far thanks to the mild winter and to local bird-feeders.

In the wild it is normally found along the whole of the East coast of Australia, as well as Tasmania. It has been introduced into New Zealand.

I found it by first hearing it calling about 5 meters up in an oak tree, where this photo was taken.
It makes bell-like piping calls.

The dark clouded conditions made the winter lighting very poor. The WORKSHOP shows the original image that I had to brighten up using Photoshop 8. After it flew into another tree to preen itself I took another shot showing the back.

This shot was taken at a distance of about 12 meters in cloudy dark conditions. After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was sharpened, adjusted for shading and converted from RAW to JPEG.

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Hallo Ivan
No that is an interesting question, but I am sure this Eastern Rosella will survive; at least I hope so because it is such a colourful bird. I am astounded on how animals or birds, to mention only two types survive in harsh conditions whether it being cold or hot temperatures, and extreme conditions. Thanks for sharing this image from a viewpoint not regularly seen. Best regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-22 9:19]

Hello Ivan,
Yes, this is very strange in the wild. Indeed likely escaped.
A photo in beautiful colours with a bit of noise in and around the tail. Excellent sharpness and a nice pose and composition.

Ciao Ivan. Good POV and beuatiful colours even in in difficult light's conditions. Good details.

ps. Yes he will survive!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-22 10:19]

Hi Ivan,i hope all the best for this tropical specie in the unright place..eehe...a very lucky meeting and a beautiful capture,a lot of colors in the black and white of a winter scenary,i like it!Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Ivan, I hope it survive, great unusual capture of wonderful parrot with fantastic colors, beautiful winter ambientation, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Interesting observation, nice photo with good detail.
Good pose. I hope he makes it.
regards yiannis

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-01-22 11:38]

Hello Ivan.
This is a nice shot on this colorful fellow. Nice detail, with an interesting pose.With us meet man also some take the freedom have chosen.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Ivan, Yes indeed will he survive the winter? but he looks pretty healthy to me right now, a bird in a tree on a miserable day shots are not easy hey!, you have done a commendable job of recording this little blighter's visit to the great outdoors, good job and have a nice week,
Best Regards,


Hello Ivan,
A great shot of this beautiful Rosella from underneath. Useful note that I can learn from the colder climate. Colorful bird and hope he can be free from the coldness soon.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2012-01-22 23:36]

nice capture!

it would be good to catch it, as it is ignorant to wildlife..., as a photograph, you have a very good composition and give us a great colors, against the difficult situations, very good work!
regards Ivan

Hello Ivan,
Beautiful bird curiously captured.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-01-23 5:01]

Very interesting to see this bird in totally different environment and surviving..good image. tfs.

Hello Ivan
Interesting note and beautiful photo despite the difficult conditions! I took my last photo on 18-9-2011. I had a problem with my camera settings that day. Thank you for the correction.

hello Ivan
Nice to see this bird in wild
great composition with beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Ivan,
Wonderful image with great focus and very good clarity.
I love the razor sharp details.
It is a great capture with impressive vivid colors.
Thanks for sharing this interesting scene......

Hi Ivan,
really nice photo of this bird. I hope it will survive. Amazing colours. Very good composition. Interesting note.
Have a nice week,

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-01-23 11:59]

Very interesting capture, Ivan!
Beautiful colours and good detail of this beauty.
Well done!
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Ivan

Unusual photo of this Australian Parrot in the
wilderness of Sweden, i would leave the uncropped
image of the WS with giving the « photoshoping »
of this image, TFS


Hello Ivan,
A very nice captured of this beautiful bird, very well handle exposure, good details, beautiful colours and good catch lighted eye, a love nature shot,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,

you did a good work in a difficult light condition with great skill. nice picture with good sharpness and colour.

Hello Ivan,
A contrast of bright colors in this dull colors season. Also my new knowledge that Parrots are able to adjust themselves to survive winter climate. TFS this special picture.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-01-25 15:17]

Hi Ivan!
I really hope that the Eastern Rosella will survive !:)
Very good and clear, with the parrot capture in nice pose. Beautiful colours and excellent contrast against the sky as BG.
Ciao! Vanda

Hello Ivan,
A Beautiful capture indeed!! I sincerely hope that this bird can survive your winter conditions. Never the less, despite the odds against you, you managed to capture rare sight and share this image with us. Great work my friend.
Best regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-01-27 1:12]

Hello Ivan,
I pray this beautiful bird will survive the winter. Very lovely colors and the view is so exciting. I like the eye contact and the colors really stands out in the greyish winter time.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-01-29 17:30]

Hello Ivan,
What an interesting set of circumstances led up to your unusual photo. I surely hope this beautiful bird will survive your winter, but I suppose it will depend on how harsh the weather gets.
We have had an extremely mild winter so far with hardly any snow at all. Hopefully you will experiance a mild winter as well for the birds sake.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-01-31 3:37]

Hi Ivan.
What a surprise. You have met and pictured so rare guest in Europe in winter especially. I hope and wish it that it will manage to wintering. Despite the shooting distance and light conditions picture gives a complete idea about the species, season and surroundings. TFS and kind regards.

Hallo Ivan,
a very beautiful capture of the Eastern Rosella, these exotic birds have a great ability to adapt in our cold winters too, very good sharpness and splendid colour, a very nice composition with a funny posture of this colourful bird
Best regards

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