AGGRO ON ABACO: ‘PARROTS OF THE CARIBBEAN’


Abaco (Cuban) Parrots, Bahamas (©Keith Salvesen)

AGGRO ON ABACO: GOTCHA!

‘PARROTS OF THE CARIBBEAN’

Mmmmm… gumbo limbo berries at Bahama Palm Shores. My favourite evening snack as we parrots head south to the National Park in the evening. 

Abaco (Cuban) Parrots, Bahamas (©Keith Salvesen)

There’s a flock of about 60 of us tonight. I hope I’m left alone to get stuck in – there are plenty of trees to choose from here…

Abaco (Cuban) Parrots, Bahamas (©Keith Salvesen)

Uh oh! That was never going to happen. We are a noisy rowdy gang, and no one gets to eat alone for long…

Abaco (Cuban) Parrots, Bahamas (©Keith Salvesen)

This is really bad news… this guy’s hungry, and he’s swooped in higher up the branch, so he’s got an advantage.

Abaco (Cuban) Parrots, Bahamas (©Keith Salvesen)

Time to take a stand. I’m getting on a level with him. I was here first – these are MY berries… But he’s getting shouty. And there’s aggro in the air…

Abaco (Cuban) Parrots, Bahamas (©Keith Salvesen)

Right, I’m backing off here. I never did much like gumbo limbo berries, now I come to think of it… And he looks mean as hell. But wait – I’m not just going to back down. Let’s give him a little surprise to remember me by.

Abaco (Cuban) Parrots, Bahamas (©Keith Salvesen)

GOTCHA!

Abaco (Cuban) Parrots, Bahamas (©Keith Salvesen)

Photo sequence taken at BPS (North) around 17.00, when often the parrots flock to the gardens and surrounding coppice on their way home in the south of the island; raucous recording also made at BPS on an earlier visit. All ©Keith Salvesen

7 thoughts on “AGGRO ON ABACO: ‘PARROTS OF THE CARIBBEAN’

    • Thanks Nina – nothing like a good parrot squabble for a photo sequence opportunity. Sorry to miss you too, Nina. I hope you managed to get some great photos during your stay. Any rarities I wonder? We had Bonaparte’s gulls and a lone killdeer on the beach, neither very common. Good to hear from you, take care.

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  1. Fun to watch and listen to the Parrots of the Caribbean. Nice play on words, too, RH. There are a few flocks of parrots in San Francisco who have been successfully breeding from a pet-release decades ago, and they fly pretty high so you can’t always see them, but oh, can you hear them. This recording sounds a lot like them. Your parrot photos are elegant, RH. Great post, as always.

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    • Parrots: I love them but I wouldn’t want to live right next door to a colony! The pet release thing is a real problem. In the UK it happened with ring-necked parakeets: now there are tens of thousands, mostly within a 30 mile radius of London. I ought to play that recording to keep them away… Glad you enjoyed the photo sequence, Jet.

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