Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Coolest Thing Ever

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Tell me this isn't the coolest thing ever - I took this picture out my kitchen window, looking up at the outside wall of my patio.
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I've seen these guys around for the past few years but I've never been able to get a picture before. I have no idea where they come from, whether they're just wintering here or here all year round. I do know that parrots are definitely not native to Israel. They may be former pets that someone decided to release, or perhaps they wandered off course (do parrots even migrate?), but either way, what fun to look out the window and find three parrots sitting right there on your balcony.

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PS For those wondering, you have my husband's inability to keep his grubby paws off of my keyboard to thank for the title of the permalink.

19 comments:

Fairly Odd Mother said...

They are beautiful! I'd love to see those guys but not here---poor little things would be ice blocks!

Nancy said...

Indeed ...coolest shot ever! If they are former pets, released ... pretty neat that they stayed together.

Karen said...

Very cool. I think all that's lurking outside my window are a few buzzards...

mother in israel said...

Former pets--not indigenous. They cause problems for farmers.

Robin said...

I knew they weren't indigenous, (former) pets was the most logical answer.

I'm sorry they're trouble for farmers, but they're pretty damn cool for me.

tjhirst said...

Yes, it is the coolest. It is so hard to photograph animals and especially birds. And these are just beautiful.

"Sunshine" said...

So pretty! What a great shot!

myrtle beached whale said...

I love parrots. Well, if they happen to be a breeding pair, they may become indigenous to Israel. Maybe they are left over from Noah. But I think that was in Turkey. If they were former pets, I don't think they would have survived through the years. I am going to have to research parrots now.

Robin said...

Thank you to Myrtle Beached Whale, whose research has shown that our green-feathered friends are apparently Drara parrots who've made their way here from far off India. They also have a real penchant for date and apples - fresh from the farmers' trees.

Since there aren't a lot of date and apple orchards in my city I'm just going to keep on enjoying them ;-).

Carmi said...

That is freaky-cool! I can't help but feel that fate put you right there, right then, with a camera in your hand.

The composition is fantastic, btw! The angles are bang on!

storyteller said...

Yup … an interesting sight for sure. A few parrots can be a dangerous start to a larger population. Here along the beach in Southern California there are placed with HUNDREDS of these noisy messy birds hanging out in the palm trees … seriously! Speculation is that a few ‘pets’ escaped years ago and the population flourished on it’s own.
Hugs and blessings,

This Eclectic Life said...

I love it! How cool is that? My son lives in San Francisco where there are two different populations of parrots...it is so magical to spot them.
Lucky you!

grace @ sandier pastures said...

I once found a rabbit in the parking lot and Rabbits are not native of Dubai (duh..they would be roasted rabbits here in summer) so I guess like these parrots, they must be pets once and then released. I hope those parrots get something to eat, the rabbit I found became so skinny, obviously not having food for days!

Keep the parrot photos comin'!

Neas Nuttiness said...

What lovely birds - I wonder what kind of parrots they are?

Robin said...

They're Drara parrots, from India.

mother in israel said...

I only remembered this post when I noticed a search for "wild green parrots migrating in Israel"

http://mominisrael.blogspot.com/2007/10/sukkot-for-birds.html

Mary said...

Very cool picture. I can't imagine seeing parrots out my window, then again, not even the geese are left around here. It's just too cold.

marcia@joyismygoal said...

we have some tranplants like that here too, it is very cool to get a picture, ours are dirtier, looking like they have been in the wild a long time

angie said...

So cool. What a treat!