Friday, February 13, 2015

Not Alone














Early this morning I had just picked the last of the late summer cucumbers when I turned to look at our only standing sunflower stalk, bowed over with age and plump seeds. It was then I realised I was not alone. This brilliant Australian King Parrot was quietly enjoying a leisurely breakfast of sunflower seeds, less than 2m/yards from where I stood.

I watched, stunned, soaking in this moment. He didn't fly away but kept feasting, deftly removing each seed and removing the flesh from the outer husk. Leaving quietly to return with my camera, he continued eating. Over the course of about 15 minutes, seven of our children also came downstairs to have a close look. Eventually he flew away, most likely no longer hungry. At no stage did he make any noise except for the sound of husks being removed and dropping. I'm wondering how many other mornings he has been a silent visitor, totally unnoticed......


Sharing at Saturday's Critters #61 and Wild Bird Wednesday.

34 comments:

Teresa Duryea Wong said...

Karen:Incredible photos and such a beautiful creature. Thank you for sharing. He'd make a stunning art quilt!

SarahZ said...

Oh my! Such precious moments!

Jeanne said...

Such an amazing bird and what an incredible opportunity to photograph this absolutely amazing bird. Beautiful shots Karen!

Anita Johnson said...

Oh my goodness, i really cant imagine having something so beautiful in my yard...and to get these wonderful photos too? Unbelievable!

✿ chica said...

Que maravilhosas tuas fotos!Adorei as cores! bjs, tudo de bom,chica

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Wow, what stunning photos of your beautiful, quiet visitor. The colors are amazing and eating upside down like that is quite a feat.

Happy Valentine's Day ~ FlowerLady

s.c said...

Really a bird from paradise. Now its sound. Great shots.

Giga said...

He ate a delicious breakfast and did not care about Your presence. Wise bird. Regards.

Linda R said...

What a fabulous site that must have been. Such great photos my friend.

Hugs~

Erica Sta said...

Wonderful Bird ..... Exzellent captures.
CHeers, Heidrun

Barb said...

What a handsome fellow and an acrobat, too!

geanina said...

Lovely moments! ;)

janiceadcock said...

Wonderful shots!

Margaret Adamson said...

WOW! From any angle this bird is beautiful. Happy St Valentine's Day and have a lovely weekend.

eileeninmd said...

What a beautiful bird! Lucky you and what a great sighting.. The photos are awesome.. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy Valentin's Day weekend!

lorik said...

What a lovely bird! We have lorikeets in our yard sometimes..but don't think I have ever seen one of these beautiful birds. Great shots too.

Liz Needle said...

Beautiful shots of the King Parrot. We don't get them here. How I would love to spot one in the wild.

liniecat said...

Yes such cracking pics and more proof of Natures incredible colour palette!

EG CameraGirl said...

Magnificent colours!

Charlene N.K. said...

Amazing colors captured beautifully!

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Such a gorgeous bird! The colours are amazing.

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

Such beautiful coloring and photos too. One of the reasons I think I love birds is all the color. Wish we had more colorful ones here in Colorado.

Deanna said...

Wow what a wonderful morning greeting!!

Marie said...

Wow! Amazing photos of this incredibly beautiful bird! How nice he came to visit and stayed a while!

Rachaeldaisy said...

You've captured such a wonderful moment in your amazing photos. What a delicious feast that sunflower must be. We watched a family of King parrots eat our tomatoes yesterday, they were so beautiful to watch we couldn't bring ourselves to chase them away.

Kim said...

What a gloriously coloured fellow he is; just breath taking!

Julie said...

How beautiful to see something this colourful in the garden with you.

June Caedmon said...

oh, Karen! What a magical moment! So glad you shared!

Shey Wicklund said...

WOW! I'm so jealous. This is such a lovely sight to behold.

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Hi Shey. He’s been back at least two mornings since too. The seeds are nearly all gone now. The children are wanting to buy sunflowers needs to encourage him to keep visiting.

bettyl-NZ said...

Who knew that birds can be so quiet!! Your photos are simply gorgeous. I love his eyes.

bailey-road.com said...

Gorgeous bird!

Derek said...

Super post. Great photos. Thanks for sharing.

Have a nice day.

CountryMouse said...

What a handsome fellow. My Mum has King Parrots come to visit her place. They don't come for food but for the company I think. They happily come up close and just check you out. Very inquisitive birds.

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