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  • #1860
    caradoc
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    I had no idea until recently that there’s a sizable population of Peach-Faced Lovebirds in the Metro Phoenix area.

    I’ve got a few shots up, will be trying to get some better ones over the next few days…

    #29383
    LeicaLens
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    That’s a great picture.
    Perhaps even as awesome as the name of the bird itself!
    (Really? Peach-Faced Lovebirds?)

    Anyway, seriously a nice picture. Is the male the one on the right, trying to impress the female?
    “Hey, baby, look at the size of MY wingspan!”

    “Meh, I’ve seen bigger on a sparrow.”

    “…”

    #29384
    ravnostic
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    Our version of the wild parrots in L.A., I suppose. I see them every once in a while. There’s a couple other unique birds that I’d not expect to find in the wild in Az that I see as well; don’t know what type they are, though. Very nice shot.

    #29385
    caradoc
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    Anyway, seriously a nice picture. Is the male the one on the right, trying to impress the female?
    “Hey, baby, look at the size of MY wingspan!”

    One of our local birders tells me that the one on the right is a fledgling – a juvenile – and appears to be trying to get the adult to offer food by doing “nestling” behavior.

    #29386
    caradoc
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    I can’t tell if they’re siblings or mates or what.

    #29387
    LeicaLens
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    The fledgling and adult bird again?
    Perhaps it’s the avian equivalent of a cougar?

    #29388
    caradoc
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    I’m pretty sure these aren’t the same birds in that later image – the dark band on the beak is missing.

    In any case, I counted eight of the little bastards in the front yard over the weekend. They’re occasionally hard to spot in the trees:

    That’s one of the fledglings, as noted by that dark band on the beak.

    #29389
    LeicaLens
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    I thought it was the paler pink around the head that meant they were fledglings (I was guessing; I know nothing about these birds).
    They are very pretty though, and rather more exotic than the sparrows we get around here.

    #29390
    caradoc
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    They really seem to like the birdbath now that I’ve started hosing it out and refilling it daily.

    #29391
    lokisbong
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    Very cool pictures. Is that just a wall behind them?

    #29392
    caradoc
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    No. What’s behind them is the street – asphalt in direct sunlight, while the birds are in the dappled shade under the trees.

    #29393
    lokisbong
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    It did a good job of letting them stand out.

    #29394
    LeicaLens
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    It looks like they’re having a happy chat around the pool.

    #29395
    Kestrana
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    It totally does. You have suburban housewife lovebirds.

    #29396
    caradoc
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    After a screeching debate over who gets to use the birdbath…

    …they seem to have reached an uneasy peace:

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