Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Jottings from the Tropics: 21 August 2013

I was curious about the constant patter of seeds falling from one of the trees, so I went to have a look. It wasn't until I was under the tree that I saw what was causing the rain: a party of female and juvenile king parrots. Whenever I pointed the camera at them, they would sidle into the shade of the leaves. And despite that splash of scarlet on their tummies, they really are difficult to see.

I wouldn't generally recommend standing under a tree in which parrots (especially lorikeets) are feeding, but in this case it was worth the risk.




And on the subject of animals in trees...

You might recall the two brush-tailed possums that lived in the macadamia tree over the wet season. Well, they've moved to the king parrot tree, which is spacious enough for each possum to have its own nest.



Until one of them gets lonely.


10 comments:

Neil said...

King parrots can be hard to see at times you did great.

Snail said...

Thanks! And they're so quiet too. If it hadn't been for the falling fruit, I'd never have known they were there.

diane b said...

The possums look so cute. The king parrots are beautiful.

biobabbler said...

omg, that's SO MUCH CUTE in such a small space. *sigh* Lovely

Bernie H said...

Aaww, those Possums look so gorgeous all cuddled up together. Well done on getting those fabulous shots of the King Parrots. They are such a beautiful bird.

Snail said...

This tree is quite close to the house, so I can keep an eye on it.

On cooler days, the possums snuggle up together and are terribly cute. I have to stop myself from wasting too much time watching them.

The king parrots have moved on and have been replaced by pied currawongs, which are not quite as sweet. They're also a bit noisier!

Jeni at Northern Rivers Dreaming said...

Wonderful photos :)

You can never waste too much time watching possums.

Speaking of which - something wonderful over at Possum TV. Kiki and her just out of the pouch bub are sleeping in the Possum TV nest boxes, which now have streaming video. This means you can watch the youngster exploring the nest box and driving Mum nuts while she's trying to sleep.

If you see this comment the day I leave it they are in Box 4, but they usually are in Box 7. Best way to waste time ever is watching baby possums :)

http://possum.dyndns.tv/boxes.html

Snail said...

Thanks, Jeni. I didn't see this comment earlier because Gmail put it in the spam basket :(.

I will keep an eye on those nestboxes. There's no one at home at the moment!

Jeni at Northern Rivers Dreaming said...

LOL. Not today, either, but they seem to be there a couple of days a week so it's worth checking now and then. I'm almost glad when they are not there, because I waste too much of the day watching!

Snail said...

I just did something a bit silly. I peeked at the nestboxes at night. As if the possums were going to be at home!