Red-wing Magic

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Subject: Red-wing Magic
From: "Julian Bielewicz" <>
Date: Fri, 3 Apr 2015 04:46:35 +1000

As I’ve mentioned before, birding can be made up of a continuous collection of 
magic moments.  On April Fool’s Day [1 April] it was the Peregrine Falcon at 
telegraph pole height; indeed, it was a day on which we encountered five 
different raptor species.

Yesterday was another magic moment.  

As often is our wont, at day’s end we settled down on the verandah with a glass 
of shiraz to absorb and admire the approaching twilight.  The seeds and 
lorikeet mx had been scattered; the regulars, the Galahs, Crested Pigeons, 
Bar-shouldered Doves, Magpie-larks, Noisy Miners and the male Common 
Bronzewing, had gathered at Café Avian to enjoy a last minute food bonanza.

It was Fay who first spotted the Red-winged Parrot.  It came from seemingly out 
of nowhere although of course it had probably watched proceedings closely from 
the nearby Angophora.  As cautious as it is silent, the male flew cross to the 
Grey Gum in the Middle Compound.  It was accompanied by a female Australian 
King-Parrot.  It remained in situ for several minutes before it ventured down 
to the ground where it fed on the proffered lorikeet mix.

All else stopped.  We inhaled; wine glasses were lowered gently to the table, 
long-lens camera lifted, ready for the opportunity to fire.  All idle chatter 
ceased; all chatter stopped as we concentrated on the magnificent red wing of 
the male Red-winged Parrot.  

Then the female was there, a little further away from the house but clearly 
making her way towards Café Avian.

These are uncommon visitors to Allen Road, to be savoured whenever they grace 
our property with their unexpected presence.

They stayed long enough for me to get in a few shots, albeit in rapidly fading 
light.  The alarm call of the nearby Noisy Miner startled the parrots and they 
were gone.


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