It’s cold here in Amsterdam! People (and some birds, see below) are ice skating on the canals (link) 🙂
The rose-ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri) is a common bird here in Amsterdam. There’s a group of them in my backyard, and they wake me up every morning! It’s a noisy species with an unmistakable squawking call. Without exaggerating, there can be 30 of them (sometimes more, especially in the winter) in one tree. They’re nice to look at, but I do wish I had mute button (or at least a snooze button) for them 😉
Here’s a cute little female, she didn’t scream but just sat there talking to herself (who doesn’t sometimes) which seem to be typical for them.
Some birds in my backyard are more cooperative than others. These Rose-ringed parakeets were willing to pose for me.
A Ringnecked Parakeet, well camouflaged among the still green leaves. (You guessed it- Backyard. Today. PowerShot.)
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.