Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wild Parrots

About 25 years ago someparrots escaped from Cypress Gardens. I believe a bad storm had blown through and damaged cages. Some of those escaped birds have survived and thrived in the wild for all those years. They actually have a next built between some power transformers out on Lake Howard right near the trail where I walk. With my new camera that Santa brought me for Christmas I was actually able to capture some really good shots of some of them.

Here is a photo of the nest between the transformers. I was concerned because I know transformers can blow and start fires. Evidently they have new tranformers that won't do that anymore, so I was assured that this wouldn't happen to the parrots.

A little closer shot of them at the nest. I saw 4 of them the day I took pictures. But you could tell there were more with all the squawking going on.

It's hard to see but on the bottom of the nest there is an opening where the birds crawl in and out of the nest. This is the closest shot I could get. Arent' the parrots just beautiful?

I saw this squirrel and thought it would make a great shot. I love this new camera I got. I just love how this picture came out. Pea and Susie Q....I may be able to give you a run for your money photowise now, lol.

I loved the way the Spanish Moss looked against the other trees.

Another shot of some Spanish Moss hanging in the trees.

Here is a shot of the sunset over the trees at the Lake Howard Nature Park. The pinks and purples were beautiful.


Granny Annie said...

Love the parrot story. I never heard of such a thing and it would really excite me to see parrots nesting in the wild. Thanks for the pictures.

Susie Q said...

Wow! What a story! Bless their hearts!! How e3xciting it would be to see them in the open though...

Missy's Blog said...

Absolutely beautiful pictures Bonnie! I had no idea there were parrots out there. I love all of your pictures and it's so nice to see that gorgeous sunset!!

Sue said...

The pictures are beautiful Bonnie! Thanks for sharing. I'd love to have one of those parrots. lol

PEA said...

Yikes, I think you've already given me a run for my money! LOL You took some terrific shots of the parrots and the squirrel, as well as the beautiful!!! What kind of camera did you get? It just has to be a Canon! lol xoxo