2008-11-10

Spotted near the house




This time I really wished I had a big fancy digital camera with a massive lens on it. This is an Eastern Rosella. Introduced from Australia. Here's the history of when they were introduced to New Zealand. Thanks Timespanner . Beautiful Birds - I used to breed them years ago. This one was just a little too wary for me to get near enough to get a decent photo.

8 comments:

  1. oh I wonder if it was one of Gary's birds? They went missing a few months ago? Lovely little parakeets...

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  2. Brief NZ feral rosella introduction history: feral populations established in Dunedin around 1910, Auckland before 1920, and Wellington in the 1960s.

    From http://www.doc.govt.nz/upload/documents/science-and-technical/DSIS18.pdf

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  3. No they're wild birds. Very common to have flocks of them in the bush and in towns as well. Auckland has them as well. These ones are nesting in our bush at the moment.

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  4. Thanks for the link Ice. I'll copy it and add it to the post

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  5. We often get them around our farm too, and they're certainly lovely and colourful.

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  6. They're great - trouble is they also eat your fruit blossoms as well. But they are nice to look at and enjoy.

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  7. You guys are so lucky to have such beautiful birds! I'd love to see something like that here, even if they do eat the fruit blossoms!

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  8. We have a native parrot called the Kakariki but they are so rare now and another one called the Kaka. The Rosellas are still nice to see anyway.

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