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There are wild Ringnecked Parakeets (often mistaken for parrots) here in Amsterdam. The first birds were released pets that managed to survive the cold winter (in the mid 70’s), and the group has been growing ever since. Pretty, colorful birds that brighten up this already beautiful place! These pictures were taken (from my balcony) today with PowerShot.

43 responses

  1. That’s something I don’t see in my neighbourhood.

    October 22, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    • You live in Canada! You have (almost) everything else! πŸ˜€

      October 22, 2012 at 5:37 PM

      • I will never complain about the assortment of wildlife here but there are many warm weather creatures we don’t have. Alligators come to mind (lots of blogs on them recently) but I’m probably OK with that.

        October 22, 2012 at 5:49 PM

        • When I grew up, I learnt that everything we had in Sweden (elks, bears, ice hockey, proper beautiful winters, deep forests, etc) also existed in Canada – But there everything’s Bigger and Greater. πŸ™‚ It was the beginning of a life long envy, hehe

          October 22, 2012 at 5:56 PM

          • Interesting that you would be taught that. Who knows if it’s even true (other than the hockey part since I’m a big fan). For the most part we are just fortunate to have a land size >20 times Sweden so you’re bound to get variety. Maybe a fairer comparison would be a similar land size in Europe.

            October 22, 2012 at 7:01 PM

            • That’s true, Canada’s of course a much larger area.. πŸ™‚ It will take many holiday trips to visit all the places I want to see there; I’ve been to Yukon, Vancouver, Toronto. Still to go: Montreal, Quebec, Edmonton, Jasper and about 20 other places! πŸ™‚

              October 22, 2012 at 7:31 PM

  2. Fantastic detail on the bird and very nice colors, of course. Now I remember that when I went to Amsterdam last year I saw some colorful birds at a distance (from the hotel window) that looked like parrots, but I dismissed the idea because they would seem a bit out of place πŸ™‚

    October 22, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    • Thanks Carlos! I’ve wanted to take pictures of these birds for a long time, but hadn’t had the opportunity until now (with my new PowerShot camera). I’m pretty sure it was the parakeets you saw! There are quite many around here. πŸ™‚

      October 22, 2012 at 5:53 PM

  3. There are a few flocks of them here in England. Mummy loves walking through the park to work in the morning because she can see and hear them. They are quite noisy! πŸ™‚

    Nibbles, Nutty, Buddy & Basil

    October 22, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    • Hello little furry Friends! Yes, they are indeed very noisy.. Sound a bit like squeaky rubber ducks but 100x louder! But they are pretty to look at πŸ™‚

      October 22, 2012 at 6:23 PM

  4. What lovely shots! They match their chosen spot so well. How exciting that you can take pictures, like this, with your new camera! I long to capture the many little feathered ones that show up in our trees… I guess I better start hinting, as there is only 2 months until you know what. πŸ™‚

    Blessings ~ Wendy

    October 22, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    • Thanks sweet Wendy! I’m so happy I finally caught them on camera, I’ve lived here almost 10 years and this is the first time I got reasonably sharp images. πŸ™‚ 2 months! Start hinting πŸ˜‰

      October 22, 2012 at 7:27 PM

  5. Therese

    Love it!

    October 22, 2012 at 7:46 PM

  6. Very cool.

    October 22, 2012 at 7:53 PM

  7. Ed

    Sooooo Cool, where do they go in the winter? πŸ™‚

    October 22, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    • Thanks Ed! They seek shelter here and there.. On my balcony e.g.! πŸ™‚

      October 22, 2012 at 8:19 PM

  8. Beautiful bird. I can’t imagine having green birds flying around.

    October 22, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    • I’ve lived here almost a decade now, and it still feels a bit unusual and exotic when I spot them!

      October 23, 2012 at 4:45 PM

  9. That’s amazing…a parakeet that can survive winter. I’m impressed!

    October 23, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    • Yes, they are tough little birds! It looks strange to see them sitting in the snow though.. When it’s really cold and snowy, they seek shelter in places like my balcony. πŸ™‚

      October 23, 2012 at 4:51 PM

  10. The Jagged Man

    We do not have to many colorful birds in my neck of the woods but we several types of raptors, the intriguing crow and a few very sneaky and sinister Ravens. Great shots thought they make me miss my now deceased PowerShot S3is.

    October 23, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    • Most birds here are not that colorful either, these are the exotic exception! I’m starting to like my PowerShot a lot, the zoom is just amazing.

      October 23, 2012 at 4:53 PM

  11. love that second shot!

    October 23, 2012 at 1:26 AM

  12. Nice shots. The camera seems to be working out well. I a may have to look at getting one of those.

    October 23, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    • Thanks Alison! The zoom on this camera is amazing: 50x zoom lens which is equivalent to a focal length of 24-1200m!

      October 23, 2012 at 4:58 PM

  13. Gorgeous!!

    October 23, 2012 at 2:32 AM

  14. These have also taken up residence along the River Thames to the west of London. Unfortunately some people regard them as pests, but then again, i don’t live near there.

    Great shots – I particularly like the second one.

    October 23, 2012 at 6:54 AM

    • Thanks John! Most people here like them and feed them sometimes, mostly in the winter when it’s hard to find food.

      October 23, 2012 at 5:01 PM

  15. I have a vision of you staying home and taking all of your photos from your balcony. With the reach of the new camera, you don’t even have to go out to get great photos. Wonderful shots of a really cool bird.

    October 23, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    • Your vision’s not far off, Mike! Most of my pictures are taken in my neighborhood, and indeed the PowerShot makes life very convenient.. I can just sit on my balcony and wait for something interesting to show up. πŸ™‚ Thanks!

      October 23, 2012 at 5:08 PM

  16. These are so cool! We have them in London as well, but they’re never in the park when I take my camera.

    October 23, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    • I’ve tried taking pictures of them for Ages! Now finally I have a camera with an amazing zoom ability, and luckily the birds showed up in my backyard πŸ™‚

      October 23, 2012 at 6:24 PM

  17. Lovely, lovely, lovely!

    October 24, 2012 at 5:13 AM

  18. You were able to get some nice shots with your new camera and from your balcony- great! The green of the birds is so pretty.

    October 25, 2012 at 1:08 AM

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