Australian ringneck parrots picture perfect

By AG STAFF 20 June 2014
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As the sun rises a pair of Australian ringneck parrots head to a local dam for a morning drink in Bowra Station, Queensland.

The latest Australian Geographic Flickr group photo of the week.

Congratulations to this week’s AG Flickr group member Peter Taylor, for his image, ‘Australian ringnecks parrots’.

Says Peter, an amateur wildlife photographer from Brisbane:

“During May 2014, I visited Bowra Station, an Australian Wildlife Conservancy property west of Cunnamulla, Queensland. The primary purpose of this visit was to see and hopefully photograph some of the extraordinary birds that call Bowra Station home.

Early one morning I set up a fairly crude hide constructed from an esky, spare clothing, and few branches beside a small dam not far from the homestead. One of the visitors to the dam that morning was a pair of Australian ringneck parrots (Barnardius zonarius), which after much wary watching, ventured out onto the submerged logs in the centre of the dam.

The scene of the beautifully illuminated parrots drinking so gracefully is a sight I will hopefully never forget and cherish to the end of my days. Perhaps what I enjoy most about this image is the diffuse background forming a counterpoint to the water falling from the front parrot’s beak. I am grateful for the kind advice of ‘Birds Queensland’ and AWC staff that made this shot possible.”

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