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King Parrot

King Parrot
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-07 4:35
Viewed: 3892
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Australian King-Parrot
Scientific name: Alisterus scapularis
Family: Psittacidae
Order: Psittaciformes

Male Australian King-Parrots are the only Australian parrots with a completely red head.

Females are similar to males except that they have a completely green head and breast.

Both sexes have a red belly and a green back, with green wings and a long green tail. They are normally encountered in pairs or family groups.

King-Parrots are found along the east coast and ranges of Australia, ranging from Cooktown in Queensland through to Port Campbell in Victoria, and are usually found in rainforests or wet sclerophyll forests.* * *

The King-Parrot mostly forages in trees for seeds and fruit.

King-Parrots lay their eggs on a bed of decayed wood-dust at the bottom of a deep hollow in the trunk of a tree. Often the entrance is high in the tree (10 m) but the eggs are near the ground (0.5m).

* * * Dry sclerophyll forests are 10 - 30 metres tall and have a hard-leaved understorey, whereas wet sclerophyll forests are taller than 30 metres and have a soft-leaved understorey, such as tree ferns.

This King Parrot lives in the Auckland Zoo. He’s beautiful, isn’t it?

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Hi Janice. Superb close up of this finest of birds. The detail shown is excellent. Beautiful composition. Murray.

very beautiful bird!
good sharpness and well composed
nice background to

Hi Janice,
a wonderful bird and you were so close, I love the red colour and the sharp details.
Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda


Nice portrait of the parrot. He is definitely beautiful.


Murali Santhanam

hi janice,
lovely shot,
well saturated colours,
well composed,
tfs & regrads

Hi Janice, when I saw this beauty, and until I read your note, I thought this was a lady :)
The colours are beautiful, specially the dark green is a lovely tone. Nice potrait and as usual a great note.
TFS and regards.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-01-07 14:00]

Hello Janice , A Beautiful shot from the parrot ,great colours sharpnes pose nice bg and framing tfs ,Greetings Teunie .

Fantastic shot! I love the detail and colour on this. Keep up the good work your portfolio is brilliant.

hello JANICE
magnifique cette macro, les couleurs sont superbes et la netteté parfaite, quoi de mieux??????
bravo et merci de nous faire réver

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-01-08 3:54]

Hi Janice!

Cute redhead :-) Sure he's beautifull and has got very nice face :-) After Felipe - for first look I was sure it is a lady :-) What is its Maori name ;-) ?

Hi Janice
extraordinary the colours with the contrast between red and green...perfect sharpness and good non distracting BG
A great portrait!

  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-01-10 3:13]

Hi Janice, Happy New Year. : )
A beautiful parrot. Such beautiful rich colors.
Cute expression.
I am always amazed at these birds' fantastic colors.
TFS. : )


Lovely detail in the plumage, nice eye contact, vivid colors, well taken indeed!


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-11 16:37]

Hi Janice

You have done well with this shot to show this lovely parrot with all its beautiful colours. Our Creator must have had a wonderful time with His cosmic crayons when He painted all the animals and the rest of this beautiful creation.

Your composition is fine with all the required space in place to make this a happy birdie, with sufficient space to stare into or move into or whatever else it might feel the urge to do. The colours are well defined and the details on the plumage are crisp. The BG is great notwithstanding the bright area on the right ½ of the frame which incidentally I do not find distracting, but rather complimentary. The exposure was also perfectly controlled to accommodate the dark green and the bright red on the bird. Red so often, like in the case with white or yellow, show OE and you did a great job to contain the lighting so that there is ample details and contrasts visible.

Well done and TFS.
Kia Ora and God bless.

PS. Almost time for the Super 14 again and I did not even prepare my file yet, but don’t worry you should get it in time. Viva le Sharks!!!

Hi Janice,
You able to close so well and captured amazing photo.Details and compo is excellent.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-12 14:27]

Hello janice,
Very nice capture.POV,vivid colors,blurred BG,3D effect,framing and composition are wonderful.

Hi Janice!!!
Wat a wonderful photo... Nice to be back!!!
Just fantastic colours - I would like to have them!!! Maybe this colours could make me smile :-)

bonjour janice
ho les couleurs de cet oiseau sont magnifiques et vous avez fait un beau portrait net et detaillé.
bien vu.

Belle photo,ce oiseau a des couleurs ,une netteté et des détails superbes. Amitiés Thomas

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-02-21 15:39]

Hello Janice,
Great colors on this parrot. Interesting pov and excellent sharpness with good feather detail. Very well done.

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