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These parrots are called Red-Rumped Parrots, or Grass parrots, by locals. Their red rumps are not visible here, of course. They were feeding in the Cape-weed between the headstones at the rural cemetery near here. I was waiting for the Rainbow Bee-Eaters to arrive from far North to nest in their burrows in the sandy soil  of the Cemetery. No sign of them yet.....

pair amongst the capeweed sml.jpg

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Thats a good close up, I didnt manage to get near one when i was there, they took off before I could get a decent shot, hope your emerging summer is a good one for you.

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1 hour ago, Denis said:

Thats a good close up, I didnt manage to get near one when i was there, they took off before I could get a decent shot, hope your emerging summer is a good one for you.

Thank you, Denis. If you ever come here again, sing out and I’ll show you where the parrots let you photograph them while they eat Capeweed. 

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We do want to return Cheryl, its just a matter of when we can ! You and Dee to visit yet :)

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Thanks Dierdre, When I was a kid, we didn’t pay them much attention, they were just Grass Parrots... nothing special. It was only when I took up bird photography and could see their gorgeous coloured feathers up close that I came to appreciate them. 

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Very colourful looking birds, don't get to see many parrots unless in a zoo, I know there are Green Parakeets in the south of England that have escaped over the years.

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On 04/10/2020 at 22:55, Ryewolf said:

Very colourful looking birds, don't get to see many parrots unless in a zoo, I know there are Green Parakeets in the south of England that have escaped over the years.

So that's what I saw flying over Hampton Court.

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