King Parrot (male)

We were awoken to the shrill squarks and squeals of a flock of King Parrots just outside out bedroom this morning.

I happened to have the 400/5.6L and 1.4x TC on the 1DIV already, so grabbed it for a few shots. Luckily this fellow wasn't too phased about the dogs (whereas most of the flock flew off once the dogs noticed and barked).

Unfortunately it was still quite dark (overcast and under the veranda eaves), so it's a wee noisy (ISO 4000).

View all photos taken: Sunday, 15th January 2012, This photo: 6:32am


  • accesser said:
    Very nice catch good background blur even with the TC, We get both the male and female around quite often but they are extremely flighty and leave the moment they see a person.
  • David de Groot said:
    I was quite surprised, there were about a dozen on the veranda, one was swing the hammock back and forth, another pair on the veranda decking, and I reckon some were on the roof too as I could hear them walking over it.
    The blur is all physics - 560mm focal length at the minimum focus distance of 3.5m and then nothing behind the bird for a good 6-10m. :)
  • accesser said:
    That's quite the group we usually only see a pair at any one time usually near the veggie patch lovely birds very hard to miss the males reds. Great use of the lens to achieve that blur worked out very nicely.
  • David de Groot said:
    Most of the time I might see two pair flying through the tree tops or maybe one pair perched somewhere, but they are indeed flighty (usually). My only guess as to why they were on the veranda was that it rained a minute or two after they'd left, so maybe they where taking shelter (until the dogs disturbed them) ?
  • Hsin Tai Liu said:
    Wonderful Capture!!
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Thanks! Not bad for half asleep ;-)
  • ghis44free said:
    Beautiful effect in this photograph.
  • j circle said:
    Great photo
  • looby88 said:
    Here's looking at ya !
    makes our UK birds seem decidedly dull !
  • David de Groot said:
    [] [] Thanks!
    [] Oh I dunno, you've got those bluebirds and stuff. Just as colourful, only smaller ;-)