Thursday, March 11, 2010

SkyWatch Friday: New Haven's Green Monk Parrots

We went to New Haven, Connecticut to visit my oldest daughter last weekend. She lives on Long Island Sound where long ago some green monk parrots got loose and settled in to live. They are beloved by most of the population and it is now illegal to harm the birds. Their nests cause fires because they like to nest on electrical transformers. They are, of course, messy and extremely raucus. And they are "invasive." But they are protected.

These are the best photographs I have ever been able to take of the birds. I stand on Anna's second story porch in the early morning. The birds sleep rather late, so the light was good. On this morning, one parrot flew in with a large stick and tried to enter a nest with it. The bird was beaten back rather violently by another. The arguement lasted about an hour.

Please forgive me posting so many photos of these birds. I am proud of the results and couldn't decide which of these photos to not post. I also wanted the photos as large as possible so I am sure that this page will take a long time to load.

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  1. This is a perfect documentary post with very successful and beautiful photos. I have never seen a parrot fight before. Very interesting!

    Have a delightful weekend,

  2. Excellent series of photos, I loved this post.

    All the best
    Regina In Pictures

  3. You had a beautiful clear day to shoot and the shutter speed is just right to stop the birds' motion but give a bit of blur to fluttering wings. Great job! Thanks for visiting my blog.

  4. I wasn't aware of this.
    Very interesting!

  5. I love this sequence of shots of the parrots. The blue sky is perfect for photographing them.

  6. Now I know. These birds are beautiful; I am impressed by your photos. I feel like I am among these creatures. Not easy!

  7. wonderful photos...the last one is my favorite!

  8. I would really like to see these, even though they are invasive.

  9. You're right, all the photos were good (and loaded quickly, too). What a commotion that was! I would be ecstatic to see parrots like this in the "wild".


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