White-crowned Parrot captured by Z 8 / Z600f4 TC @840mm

It’s 05:25 my first morning on the deck at Rancho Naturalista and I might have come across as a kid on Christmas morning. I was looking out at a silhouette on a tree not too far off wondering who it belonged to. A voice from behind me said, “That’s a White-crowned Parrot” and before I could put my bins up to my eyes, it flew off. My new friend was soon giving me a quick lesson on the lay of the land, the birds I was hearing and seeing. Later the amazing Harry was on the deck and he called out, pointing to a small flock zipping by, “White-crowned Parrots.” I’ll be totally upfront, I was not a parrot guy. Seeing them or photographing them wasn’t on my radar. Had nothing against them, I always blame the Tiki Room at Disneyland for my lack of attraction to them. Well, that all took a wild turn that morning!

White-crowned Parrot captured by Z 8 / Z600f4 TC @840mm

Now they caught not only my attention, but imagination. We had two species of parrot we would see, the White-crowned and Brown-hooded, almost always as small flocks flying past and out of range. On our 4th day they came into the high canopy and fed. Completely backlit and way too high up, there was no photograph to be had. At this point with all the teases, I was really looking at how to get them in the viewfinder. The last morning and the luggage was packed, the van was in route to take us to the airport. I’m on the deck at the crack of dawn with the Z 8 / Z600f4 TC just in case. I’m relaxing there with my coffee (such great coffee!) when I saw a White-crown land up in the canopy. I put the camera to my eye and I could see who it was, but still, no photo. Then it flew off. I brought the camera down to find it had flown down to me! It landed on some sorta seed or fruit pod and just stared at me. It was kinda saying with its body language, “OK I’m here, take your darn photo!” So I did, and did and did some more. What a bloody cool bird! Great color, heck of an attitude and definitely one I don’t see in Montana. I’m now into White-crowned Parrots and look forward to photographing them more next year, and not just a silhouette.

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