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#Sunday Stills: Feeding Birds in Australia

Australian Trip #21

Today in Sunday Stills Terri from Second wind leisure challenged us to feed the birds. I whined to Janis about never having any beautiful bird pictures. But after searching in my files for birds, up came some files tagged “bird.” Tags are so cool.

Australian King Parrot
I’m not sure if this is a female, but females are a little less colorful.

Four years and a month ago Glen and Carol took me to the Bunya Mountains to see amazing Australian wild life. Feeding time for these colorful time was exact and we got there in time to watch the birds fly from the trees and land near the food bowls, which you could purchase.

Australian crimson rosela bird
Very tame

It did not bother me at all that we had not purchased a bowl of food. The beauties had plenty.

Australian crimson rosela bird
A little nervous

Not ever feeder was equally excited about having the birds in such close proximity. Some of them had to be coaxed and coached by their adult supervisors to get them to step up to the plate.

Australian King Parrot
“Could you hold the tin steady, Ma’am?”

After a little demonstration, feeding time got calmer. The people, not the birds. The birds were as excited as ever, though you can’t tell by their expressions.

Australian crimson rosela bird
Sunday Stills Bunya Mountain Treasure

“These colorful parrots from Australia are in the genus PlatycercusPlatycercus means “broad-tailed” or “flat-tailed”, reflecting a feature common to the rosellas and other members of the broad-tailed parrot tribe. Their diet is mainly seeds and fruit.”

Wikipedia
Australian crimson rosela bird
The ground works, too.

The rosella parrots did not mind picking their food off the ground. The thirty second rule applied here.

Australian crimson rosela bird
How am I supposed to tell which is the most nutritious?

It took about a half hour for most of the food to disappear. I wonder if any of it germinates and produces its own food for the birds.

I hope you enjoyed this short walk down memory lane in the Bunya Mountains with Glen, Carol and me.

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Wow, look at all the other brave souls that got close enough to shoot bird pictures. (or had a long lens). This is my reading material for tomorrow. Join me, would you?

I missed these wonderful entries until 2-28.

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  6. 365days Blog
  7. Bend Branches
  8. Easin’ Along
  9. Idaho Bluebird
  10. Light Write Life
  11. Mazee Puran
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  13. The Day After
  14. The World is a Book
  15. Travel with Me
  16. Women Living Well After 50
  17. Woolley Muses
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Have a great week. See you Tuesday for the Summary of Story Chat.

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    • I just went through the comments and copied and pasted the links. I haven’t visited all of them yet, but I will do that today. I noticed that Donna did that with Sunday Stills as well, and I thought it was practice I wanted to try for the challenges I love.

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  1. This looks like great fun! Although it reminds me of a trip we did when staying near Cairns, to a place that promised ‘Breakfast with the birds’. You got to eat breakfast surrounded by some beautiful birds who would come down and peck at scraps etc. I loved it, but my poor husband had sunburned shoulders from the previous day’s outing to the Great Barrier Reef and when a one-legged cockatoo landed on one shoulder, dug his remining claws in and refused to move, he was in agony 😦

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    • Oh Sarah, your poor husband. I bet he never did that again. There were a couple of places like that in Maui, HI. If you ever get to HI, go to Mama’s Fish House. There are no windows, and it’s like eating out on a patio. We sat right by the “window” the first time there, but fortunately were not accosted! Your husband’s experience would be my worst nightmare! 🙂

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      • He’s never forgiven me – firstly for not spotting that he was getting burned (he hadn’t realised how quickly the lotion would wear off while he snorkelled as he doesn’t often go in the water), secondly for my inability to chase the bird away, and thirdly for taking photos and laughing!!

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    • Someday you will. I went to see my blogging friends. The Eternal Traveler have traveled between here and there to see each other three times since we met in 2012. That has been one of the main benefits of blogging for me.

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  2. Beautiful parrots, Marsha, you captured them deftly with your lens! It is fun to feed the birds like that. In San Diego’s Balboa park, there are street vendors who have tame birds you can feed and let perch on your hand. Thanks for all those links, but you’ll never catch up, LOL! 5 more just linked, yay!

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    • I’m not even started. I wrote the summary for Story Chat today, and the organizing photos post for Friday. Tomorrow I will write the WQWWC post and visit some of the posts. I’m just running out of time. How do you do it?

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        • Vince thinks I’m obsessed! I might be. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with #WQWWC. It’s not taking off. How long do you think I should give it? Story Chat is only 2 posts per month, so not hard to handle, but I’m always pushing it. I’m not consistent with my writing challenge friends, and try to do SS, LAPC and Cee’s challenges, but I don’t get to them all, obviously. I try to do Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday but I’m not good at that either. So much for energy. I’m enjoying visiting your participants. I got through 20 of them today! Yikes How do you do it? And you work! LOL

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          • Maybe another month on WQW. When I have posted about fitness I get decent views, especially if related to my book (still editing). I’ve tried sharing book reviews and I just get few views. Bloggers aren’t expecting that from me I guess. For work I’m spending about 10 hours a week so far. I can go to 17 a week and that will start soon. Almost the same as I put in teaching. You will figure it out 😁

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          • Thanks for your suggestions, Terri. I haven’t been doing any book reviews recently. They take a ton of time because I get interrupted or read slowly, not sure which. Then another day to write the post. It’s not worth the effort for me.

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  3. What gorgeous colors! Funny, as much as I love birds in the wild, I’ve don’t feel comfortable having them sit on my head or arms. I think my hesitation harkens back to when I had a boyfriend who had love birds. Well, they LOVED him, but me? Not so much. I swear they’d peck my eyes out if they could have (OK, maybe I’m exaggerating). Anyway, I enjoyed seeing the colorful parrots in your post from afar 🙂

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    • That’s exactly how I feel, Janis. I don’t remember who had them as pets, but I remember one landing on me. and it scared me. They tried to get me to hold it. That was the last thing I wanted to do. 🙂

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  4. Hi, Marsha – Thank you for taking us on this trip down memory lane with you. I love parrots so I was all in!
    Thank you also for compiling the #SundayStills #FeedtheBirds posts. That is quite an impressive list. I know what I’ll be doing this evening!
    Thank you for including my link as well. I greatly appreciate this.

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    • I got the idea from you Donna. I love that you did that. It makes it so easy to visit when they are listed like that. I didn’t get my visits made, but tomorrow I will. 🙂

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  5. Fabulous capture of the parrots here Marsha. I love the blogging community for being so supportive of each other and by sharing all the links shows your caring nature. Many thanks.

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  6. What an amazing outing! I dream of going to Australia to see their birds. I’m so glad tags are working for you! You sure put together a lot of links! You really are the queen of data gathering! Wonderful photos and great description. I felt like I was there. It also reminded me that I could have added the Lorikeets from the zoo down in Tampa when I was able to feed them. Oh well, another time, another challenge. Plus I have a photo of that on my Bird Weekly page. 🙂

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