Ruby Tuesday #3 – king parrots & crimson rosellas

Today is Ruby Tuesday, which is hosted here and involves posting a photo of your own which features red.

King Parrot

King Parrot

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.

Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosellas

MissA, Wendy, MissN

MissA, Wendy, MissN

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?


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7 Responses to “Ruby Tuesday #3 – king parrots & crimson rosellas”

  1. nicolebeltane Says:

    A beautiful post, and lovely photos..

  2. Minkydo Says:

    That is a gorgeous bird! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Kelli Says:

    I love King Parrots too! The house we normally stay at in Kianga has a very bird friendly garden and there are often King Parrots stopping by there, as well as Crimson Rosellas. Beautiful photos.

  4. Dawn Says:

    Love the pictures. Never had the nerve to feed them from my hand although the kids have.

  5. Matthew Says:

    That is one cool bird.

  6. maryt/theteach Says:

    Well I have to say you are so lucky to have such gorgeous RED birds! I didn’t see anything like them when I was in Australia. But I almost say an alligator… Ha! Happy Ruby Tuesday! 🙂

  7. Irene Says:

    I love the photos. We have king parrots here in Montrose (Dandenong Ranges) visiting us every day. We used to feed them until a good friend made us aware that feeding king parrots and other native birds is not a good idea. With different birds meeting and enjoying the food provided by people diseases are transmitted, killing native birds. So, even though sad, we had to stop feeding our beloved friends. They still come to our place and ‘complain’ about the missing food but we have learned to restrain ourselves for the sake of keeping them alive and healthy

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