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King Parrot - Alisterus scapularis

King Parrot - Alisterus scapularis
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Copyright: Paul Bradbury (paulsballs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 0 N: 73] (391)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 24 70L 2.8, 72mm polarizing
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/300 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Australia, Parrot Paradise [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-19 8:27
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
There are truly amazingly beautifull natural heritage areas within South-east Queensland with jewels such as the King Parrot. The piping bell-like calls are a beautiful addition to the Mountain environment.. I guess thats why we live here!! Taken at the base of Mount Barney which is a world heritage listing. Full of sub-tropical rainforest and many hidden secrets. If you ever come to Queensland be sure to look it up.

King parrots are usually seen in pairs or small parties feeding among the outermost branches of forest trees, especially eucalypts and acacias. They eat seeds, berries, other fruits, nuts, nectar, blossoms and leaf buds, which they find mainly in trees, but they also come to the ground to pick up fallen seeds.

These are the brightest parrots to be seen in South East Queensland (up North they have competition from the Eclectus parrots). The male is suited in crimson and green with blue striping on the wing coverts. In flight you can also see the blue under the wings.The female does not have the scarlet head and chest of the male but displays the same scarlet belly and lower breast as the male.

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Hi Paul,
This guy is incredible! Even though I understand it is a vivid bird naturally, I can't help feeling it is over saturated especially in the reds. Nice composition using the tail to dissect diagonally across the shot. Background is superb


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-02-19 11:05]

Hi Paul,

Nice capture of a beautiful parrot. The colors are amazing! I love the pose - he is looking right at you.


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-02-20 10:03]

Stunning colours and details, expert composition (lovely diagonals thanks to his pose).

Hi Paul, very nice shot of the King Parrot. Someday I'd like to see one of these guys for real. The colour is very incredible and you've captured it with excellent detail. It was very nice of this guy to pose on the stump like this for you. It makes for a great composition.

Thanks, John

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