ABACO PARROTS: A FLAMBOYANT PHOTO GALLERY
BY MELISSA MAURA
I have been planning a Parrot Post for a while, but I’d like to be able to include a report on the breeding season – the eggs, the chicks, the fledging, the ringing, and the overall picture. It will be interesting to see if the recent trend of improvement in the population of these rare ground-nesting parrots has continued this year. Parrot expert Caroline Stahala, who leads the research and field work, is completing the season’s review, so there will be news, photos and perhaps short videos soon.
In the meantime, I have had a request from the US for news of the parrots. This has fortunately coincided with my discovery of some wonderful parrot photos taken by Melissa Maura [©] of Nassau. Most were taken on Abaco at Bahama Palm Shores; some at Winding Bay. So here is a gallery of Melissa’s work, which needs no other comment from me than… superb pictures! Oh, and many thanks for use permission, of course. The next photo is worthy of a caption competition – all suggestions welcome via the ‘Comment’ link below…
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Lovely pics, remind me of my pair of Amazons (“inherited” from a relative)… half the time they seem to be “quarreling” and the other half they are the best of friends!
Affection is my suggestion – and the couple sure makes a great pair with so many varied emotions 🙂 “Over the Moon” deserves a special mention for the catchy caption!
Hi, good to hear from you. Agree about mixed emotions on display – there’s also what looks like a major row going on. Best not to anthropomorphise, maybe… I did resist pairing “Over the moon” with footballer-speak “Sick as a parrot”, but I have a very miserable-looking parrot in a rain storm that would fit the phrase! All the best RH
Head scratching, love or dominance?
Hi Steve – if you scroll down to the last photo, I think you get the answer. Yes, it must be love….. RH