6 comments on “Sunset Search for the Swiftys – Return of the Swift Parrot

  1. That’s an interesting Eagle’s tail for sure! Great captures and sightings, Ashley, I am so happy you did find the Swift Parrots and your wife witnessed them for the first time. You know how much I love colorful parrots, this one is quite beautiful, especially in the evening sun. I am glad you captured and shared the shot of their back as well, wow stunning! And, yes, the trees do look like they’re filled with fruit or decorated with gems! 😊

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    • THanks Donna, yes the wedge shaped tail gives this mighty eagle its name. It is our largest raptor with 2.3m wingspan and thousands were killed over the last 200 years due to a bounty on its head as they believed it took young sheep. This is now lifted, but there are still farmer who kill them. I had two of these birds in my lifetime spread their wings completely over my front windscreen as I drove out west and for a couple of seconds could not see the road ahead, but the beauty of seeing the underwing pattern was an amazing gift. It was trying to pick up some road kill, but only just missed being killed. The Swifty is a remarkable little bird, flies so fast, and hides so well under the canopy. Birders come at sunset each day now to wait for these birds to deck out the dead tree like Christmas lights in the setting sun. Have a wonderful week remaining, enjoying your new nestling season. 🙂

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  2. So many great pictures of the Swiftys! They remind me of the only wild parrot we have in our area, the Nanday Parakeet. And they are almost impossible to capture, too fast and blend in with the leaves. Thanks also for the reminder to smile…trying to get there 🙂

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    • Thanks Tiny, yes these little guys are such a challenge to photograph, and trying to see and photograph them high up in the eucalypt canopy and a strain on ones neck muscles. However, the secret we found was to wait to just before sunset when the sun is shining under the canopy and the little Swiftys light up in beautiful colour. Have a wonderful week my friend, and I will keep you in my prayers, thankfully Dylan is a good comfort for you.

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    • Thanks David, yes it was a time of beautiful light just before sunset, and the little Swiftys lit up like Christmas decorations in the dark canopy as the light struck them. Though being so small it was difficult to get good focus and clarity. They were busy with both blossom and lerps as they harvested just a few trees away from the Bell Miner’s main operation. Have an enjoyable week!

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