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Old Mar 29, 2009, 5:17 PM   #1
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I was at a local park to see what I could find to photograph when I heard a commotion of noise coming from the direction of an Osprey's nest. Upon checking it out, I found a bunch of wild Parrots having an argument. :-)
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I could only get 4 in one frame but, there must have been 8 total.



after I started taking photos, they started paying more attention to me than each other...








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Old Mar 29, 2009, 5:37 PM   #2
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Hi GW. Must have been a nice experience, and the photos came out well. These are Monk Parrakeets, originating from Bolivia. They have escaped or been released from aviarys or pet shops, and apparently thrive and proliferate in southern USA. They build huge communal nests, they are the only parrot doing that.

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Nice close up on #4 GW..color and sharpness are outstanding!

Kjell: handy tutorial on the breed and background!
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Very cool pics, GW. I was just about to say that I didn't know there were any parrots native to Florida. Now I know there aren't any that are native, but it sounds like these guys have made themselves at home in your neighborhood.
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Old Mar 29, 2009, 8:12 PM   #5
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Hi GW. Must have been a nice experience, and the photos came out well. These are Monk Parrakeets, originating from Bolivia. They have escaped or been released from aviarys or pet shops, and apparently thrive and proliferate in southern USA. They build huge communal nests, they are the only parrot doing that.

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You are exactly right Kjell,
these were congregating below an osprey nest, is it possible they took it over?

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Thank you guys for the nice comments.
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Very nice shots! I think there are several different varieties of parakeets and parrots that have settled in California, too. They are fun to photograph when you can catch them, but they are not popular with people who's yards are taken over by them.
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