Today is Ruby Tuesday, which is hosted here and involves posting a photo of your own which features red.
Not a great photo (it was taken through glass) but one of my favourite birds – the king parrot which is found on the east coast of Australia. This was taken last December at one of my favourite places, Mystery Bay Cottages, at Mystery Bay on the far south coast of New South Wales. We have enjoyed 5 summer holidays there, having gone there the first time when MissN was 3.
These are crimson rosellas. Well, the birds are. The crimsons came to be fed a couple of times a day. The king parrots were very occasional visitors, and the more special because of it.
The first time I saw a crimson rosella (my fourth day in Australia way back in 1987) I could not believe the intensity of the colour. They continue to bless me now each time I see them, 21 years later, and I never tire of the thrill of spotting or watching them. They aren’t common around where we live (they need more bush) but I have seen both king parrots and crimson rosellas down on Majors Bay (on Sydney harbour) which is maybe 1-2 kms away.
How can one look at these birds and not thank the creator for them?