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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-01-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital JPEG
Exposure: f/4.2, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -7- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-01-20 8:45
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Points: 76
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The colourful Princess Parrot, Polytelis alexandrae, is an Australian bird of the parrot family. Its name was given in honour of Princess Alexandra of Denmark, who later married the Prince of Wales Edward VII and eventually became the Queen of England. Other names for the species include: Queen Alexandra Parrot (or Parakeet), Alexandra's Parakeet, Princess of Wales Parakeet, Rose-throated Parakeet, and Spinifex Parrot.

Their plumage is mostly green with a pink throat, bluish crown and rump, and bright green shoulders.

The Princess Parrot is a medium sized parrot, 34 to 46 cms long. The plumage is mostly green with a pink throat, bluish crown, and bright green shoulders. The rump is blue and the tail is long and narrow. The males have longer tail feathers and brighter coloring than females. The male also has a coral-red beak, while the female's is duller and has a greyish crown. Another difference is that the male has an orange iris, while the female's is much browner. In addition, the male of the species has a longer, projecting extension from the end of the 3rd primary (flight) feather on each side. This projection is called a 'spatula' or 'spatule". It appears in mature male birds.

This species is nomadic, arriving in small groups to breed and then disappearing. It is one of Australia’s least known parakeets because it is so elusive, even though it is spread across the interior of Australia. It inhabits arid woodland and scrub with spinifex, eucalypts, acacias, etc. They are unusual among parrots in engaging in mobbing behaviour against predators. They feed on the seeds of grasses and shrubs.

Four to six white eggs are laid which are incubated for 19 days. The chicks leave the nest about 35 days after hatching.These parakeets are truly opportunistic breeders, with pairs choosing to nest when food is plentiful. They nest in a hollow in a eucalypt or desert oak.

A blue mutant variety in front of a normal wild type at Flying High Bird Habitat, Australia
The Princess Parrot can make loud calls. Their life span is thought to be as long as 30 years. Under the right circumstances they are able to bond to more than one member of the family. They are a favourite among many aviculturists and pet owners because of their looks and personality.
There are three common color mutations of this parakeet. These colours are Lutino, Albino, and Blue. The natural, or 'normal' color is green.There are two types of blue, one blue winged and the second is bright blue wings and bright blue head.

Source: Wikipedia

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Fantastic! Beautiful capture. regards Yiannis

Fantastic colours and romantic moment Peter, well done! Best wishes, Pambos

Hi Peter my neighbour today.
My wife when saw this picture asked me - what is a title? So... great composition. Perfect colours and sharpness. And of course this romance...
Thanks for sharing

Beautiful photo with excellent and attractive composition, warm colours and good sharpness.

Hello Peter,
What a splendid capture with outstanding details and fantastic colors. Exceptional composition and POV.
Very nice birds with such amazing colors.

Ciao Peter, lovely couple of cute lovers, nice composition, wonderful colors and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao Peter.
Che fantastica foto molto bravo ha raccogliere l'attimo, beme i colori super la composizione ,ottima la nitidezza complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

Hello Peter,
Welgedaan!!! Fabulous photo with activity. Very beautiful with strong centre of interest. Regards.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-01-20 10:15]

Hi Peter,
Splendid photo of this beautiful Bird in action, TFS!

Hallo Peter,

dit is een mooie voor aan de muur, prachtige kleuren.
Uitstekende scherpte en standpunt.
Mooie plaat!


Wow Peter this image here certainly belong to the very top group image ever presented in TN in my opinion. Brilliant technical excellence and well captured heartbreaking moment which is a nothing less than a pure Rock&Roll! Bravo! Very, very impressive stuff!
George Veltchev

Hallo Peter,
what a fantastic picture, superb sharpness and marvellous colours, a very pleasing composition with a wonderful behaviour of these colourful birds
Best regards

hallo Peter
Wat zijn ze mooi scherp op de foto genomen
super kleuren veel details en een mooie compositie bij het water
ze zijn wel erg mooi deze parkieten die ik nog niet gezien heb
groetjes lou

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-01-20 11:04]

Hello Peter
Superb scene and composition
Excellent work!

WOW Peter, this is really stunning. They are so beautiful and you've really captured a tender moment here. Very well done and tfs.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-01-20 11:55]

Hello Peter.
This is just a brilliant shot of the Princess Parrot. Nicely perched on that stone and contrasting well with the blurry background. The vividness of the details and plumage are well observed.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Peter. WOnderful tender scene fort the cute coloured lovers.


Hello Peter
What a touching scene ! i have rarely seen so beautiful birds , i love specially the vivid green colors of their wings
excellent sharpness, bravo for this one
Have a good night

hello Peter

very beautiful photo of thes Parrot in their
« French Kiss » (lol), excellent timing to
shoot in photo this lovely romantic scenery,
with very fine POV, excellent focus sharpness
and details, beautiful and soft light & color tones,



Hallo Peter
It looks like they are on honeymoon!
Great stuff my friend, really great. Not only your subjects, but your photography too. The bright colours are superb, the details captured and seen beautiful and the position and pose of the both the birds just super. Great photography! Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-01-21 2:33]

Hello Petre,
In French we say "ravissant" for this kind of lovely shot. What a fine bird-picture with this cute scene from nature. And these parrots have such a subtle coloration,like I never have seen until now. Touching!
Thanks a lot and kind regards

Hi Peter
Beautiful scene with very good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

Hi Peter,
Very nice photo in superb sharpness and details.

beautiful scene Peter, the composition the colors, very nice photo!
TFS Nasos

Bonita especie, pero creo que lo más interesante de este trabajo
es la sinfonía de colores que creaste por esa curiosa y preciosa
mezcla de grises y verdes de todo el conjunto. Gran trabajo.
Saludos y buen fin de semana Peter: Josep Ignasi.

Beyond the obvious colours which set these apart is the fact that they live thirty years...I wonder if they get gray feathers?:-)

Hello Peter,
The colors of these birds are just beautiful. I like how you have timed this shot in making it a truly romantic image. So good with the focus and framing and well done indeed.
Thanks and kind regards - Jusni

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-01-22 3:41]

Hi Peter,
Yes fantastic and romance
An excellent capture of this pair of parrot . Vivid colours,nice sharp detail and POV.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-01-22 9:56]

Hello Peter,
These little Parrots are so cute and the colours wonderful! A very well-timed capture with great focus on both birds. Very well framed too.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-01-23 2:26]

Hi Peter.
What a lovely and touching scene. Bravo. Timing is fantastic as well as nice reproduction of the beautiful pair and impressive surrounding. I am impressed with exact DOF. Transaction from crisp sharp FG and main subject to smoothen a bit BG is fine. Composition is perfect. Superb for looking shot. My compliments and TFS.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-23 4:10]

Hello Peter,
amazing moment well captured. Exciting colours and lively presentation.
I would say this is a special and amazing presentation fro you as well as from the birds.


Hello Peter,
Excellent moment captured with great details and lovely color. It is the first time when I see these coloured birds.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-01-25 11:48]

Hello Peter,
A delightful capture of this rarely-seen Australian Parrot. A wonderful pose of this pair, taken from a great POV with excellent sharpness and natural colours despite the poor lighting.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hi Peter,
A beautiful moment captured, symbolizing love so well. Great photo of a rarely seen species (at least here on TN). Fascinating colors, compo and sharpness. Bravo.
Friendly regards, László

hello Peter
what a great timing for beautiful pair of romantic parrots.
focus, colors and PO very nice. nicely composed and presented.
thanks for sharing this beauty
have a nice evening

Hello Peter!

Another one great shot!Great colors and contras Well choosen background made a frame to this romantic scene. Well done!


Hi Peter,
almost camouflaged at first glance, those parrots surprise with a rainbow spectre of pastel colours when seen from closer distance. A well captured documentation of touchingly sweet mating behaviour under very favourable in capture conditions that do look very natural, indeed. Thank you!
With best regards,

Hi Peter,
What a lovely image of these two colourful Princess Parrot! lovely to see these parrots showing affection to each other, nice sharpness and details, very well exposure and composed,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend,

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