the eastern rosella

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Have been trying to photograph this rosella for a few days, it seems to fidget all the time and is adapt at ‘hiding’ in the foliage but I have finally managed to take a few photos that at least show the beautiful colours. 

Rosellas are colourful broad-tailed parrots, about 30 cms, with distinctive cheek patches and this eastern rosella has the lovely golden mantle of yellow edges to the back feathers. They are not seen as often as the rainbow lorikeets and have a softer voice, described by my bird book as ‘tink-tink’, pseet-it’, tock-swit-it’.

They are quite common in open woodlands and have lots of tree stumps or holes in trees to nest in at Moonee Beach Nature Reserve and surprisingly can lay as many as 4-7 eggs.

Other varieties have yellow or blue cheeks and can be a different mix of the same colours or just have a few colours, like the  red, blue and black crimson rosella or the orange, blue, black Adelaide rosella. Nevertheless they are all beautiful and its lovely to spot one close up.

Acknowledgement: The Slater Field Guide to Australian Birds 2nd ed. 

12 thoughts on “the eastern rosella

    cindy knoke said:
    October 20, 2012 at 5:56 am

    Gorgeous…I have a bunch of pics of birds from down under. lots of black cockatoos!

    burgessart said:
    October 17, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Fabulous Photos. Love them. Thanks for visiting my site. Best wishes, Robert

      margosnotebook responded:
      October 17, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      Thanks.. its a fun hobby. Love your art. m.

    The Jagged Man said:
    October 16, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Great focus on the bird in spite of the weeds. I have trouble getting the subject focused when it is weeds and such. Nicely done and very colorful!

      margosnotebook responded:
      October 17, 2012 at 6:27 am

      Thanks for that.. the birds make a great subject.

    geekybooksnob said:
    October 15, 2012 at 7:22 am

    Oh my goodness, the colours in these pictures! Where do you live that you have such tropical looking wild life at your fingertips? Beautiful pictures.

      margosnotebook responded:
      October 16, 2012 at 8:13 am

      I am glad you like them. I live on the New South Wales north coast in Australia. Though the nearest ‘city’ is only fifteen minutes away overall the area is mainly seaside village communities interspersed with tracks of land, many of it untouched bush which is great for the wildlife. If you like these you may like to check out the yellow tailed black cockatoos … click on the ‘bird’ tab at the top of the page to find them easily. cheers m.

    uomesh said:
    October 15, 2012 at 2:09 am

    Beautiful!!

    oahuhiking said:
    October 14, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    So pretty!

      margosnotebook responded:
      October 14, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      yes! they are absolutely gorgeous

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