Arid country Parrots – Greater Bluebonnet

One of the targets for my weekend trip to the Goschen Blushland Reserve was the Bluebonnet. It is a medium sized parrot that prefers the drier parts of the country. The Mallee region is a perfect place to find them. I saw many flying around the reserve during my three days there but could not get close enough for a decent photo. They feed on the ground looking for grass seeds and flower heads. Once flushed, by movement or sound, will fly up to a nearby tree and watch for a chance to fly back to the food or to fly further away if you walk towards them. They are extremely wary and I never got really close without them seeing me first.

I had no luck at Goschen but while photographing the Variegated Fairywrens at Tresco West I found a pair feeding on new grass seeds and they did not notice me. I saw the movement of the grass and froze and when a Bluebonnet poked its head I knew I had a good chance for a photo if I could move quietly and slowly enough. I did not think I would get anything other than a head shot in the grass but while focussing on one I noticed the other watching me from a nearby bush and slowly took a few shots. They finally spooked and flushed but I did manage a few nice shots showing their beautiful colours.

Greater Bluebonnet, Tresco West Bushland Reserve, Tresco West, Victoria

Greater Bluebonnet, Tresco West Bushland Reserve, Tresco West, Victoria

Greater Bluebonnet, Tresco West Bushland Reserve, Tresco West, Victoria

Greater Bluebonnet II

 

4 responses to “Arid country Parrots – Greater Bluebonnet

  1. What a beautiful bird! šŸ’™šŸ’™šŸ’™

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  2. Thanks for the comments Jill , it is a little stunner

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  3. Are they more of a rosella or a parrot? I suppose a better term is a parrotlet? In Texas this isn’t what we call a bluebonnet but a lovely birdie all the same! Thank you for sharing! I’m going to have to move to Australia just to see all the rosellas and ground parrots

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