Sunday, October 07, 2012

Parakeets(Psittacula longicauda ) return

It was a pleasant surprise to be able to watch the return of the parakeets this Sunday morning.  For some unknown reason i woke up earlier than usual.  The sky was still dark when the noisy mynah(?)  prepared for the flying off.  I was looking forward to the parakeet instead. Then out of no where  they came settling on the usual corridor end trees.  The above image illustrates the body length and tail ratio of Psittacula longicauda - the long tailed parakeet.
A flock of them came settling temporary on the tree. Light was improving but these guys arent staying for long.  In the above shoot I noticed a face-to face parakeet pair and you can see the colorful  view of the chest to belly fur.

I read somewhere that parakeets partnered for life. Interesting to watch them grooming  themselves while one  did a head-down- tail up vertical stance.

All waiting for the call to take off in waves. I notice a lonely one staying behind a bit and 'murmured' some strange noise...
In this shot the quick flying parakeets took off the looking like a blurry banana flying through the sky. It was a worthwhile Sunday endeavor.  Plenty of hands on needed on my new camera/lens pair. I closed the front gate, looked at the wall clock - it was only 7 am.

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