215 thoughts on “Masters of Camouflage~

      1. They are really easy to tell apart Cindy…you get a DNA test done by the vet! 😂 🤣
        Sorry guys, these ones really are very hard to tell apart. And as Cindy said, the male can be larger but that is still difficult under different circumstances. Any bird whisperer’s out there? 😀

        1. Laughing…exactly! I am sure experts might be able to sex them on visuals, but certainly not me. I just like watching them and I miss the parrots of Oz დ

  1. Anonymous

    Greener than green! Is it possible? You probably coloured them, Cindy. Didn’t you? 🤣.
    Just kidding. Absolutely gorgeous Bird!

        1. Yes. WP does this. People tell me. Did you check you are signed in to your WP account when you comment? I must admit I like the intrigue too! It is fun to find out anonymous is someone I know well, like you! Stay safe my friend დ

  2. Thanks for this amazing sneak beak, my dear friend! Do they sound sweet like Dolly Parroton too? Squawking 9 to 5! LOL! ♡♪( ‘Θ’)ノ~☆(•ө•)♡(•͈⌔•͈⑅)♡

  3. Nature is amazing.. Not the suits are perfect for blending into the environment as such but so attractive as well.

    In one picture, there are two of them. They look like a cute couple.

      1. 😂. that could be interesting. (a little side story…I used to visit an elderly man who had a cockatoo. The bird would sit on his shoulder all the time. On occasion the bird would take flight and land on my head and scare the bejeebers out of me. My elderly friend would laugh until he was crying. Makes me happy to think of that. :). )

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  5. They really master the art of camouflaging, but you still got fantastic pictures. So you must master the art of spotting! 😉

  6. These photos are gorgeous as always. When you wrote, “Easy to hear, hard to see” I had to see if I could find what they sound like. I did and I see what you mean. They can get very loud!


    Thank you for more nature-nurture today, Cindy. Just what I needed.

  7. They are so beautifully colored, with the yellow and green and the pop of orange for the beak. The expression on the first one’s face seems to be saying, Yeees? You rang?

    1. Birds are usually watching us before we see them! It never ceases both amaze me and crack me up. Every time I spot a raptor, he’s already looking at me. If you are really still, birds become curious, and start craning their necks staring back at you. I love this so much. It makes me smile. Who is watching whom? დ

  8. Have seem many pix of colorful birds in the parrot family, but these are special.  The sheen on the lorikeets’ heads in the last 2 leads me to think their green may be from nanostructures rather than pigments.  Glorious photos!

    1. I am touched by your sensitivity. Parrots in so many ways; intelligence, behavior, social bonds, and beauty, are creatures I am happy just to be able to see. Thank you very much and be well my friend დ

      1. Thanks.  While many kinds of bird are smart and some are about as smart as parrots, there are none known to me with the parrots’ combination of brains and beauty.  Not many photographers capture their personalities as consistently as U do.

        Two books about birds that I think U would enjoy: *The Genius of Birds* by Jennifer Ackerman and *The Penguin Lessons* by Tom Michell.  Ackerman’s readable science-based survey covers a lot of ground (and many birds in addition to parrots and corvids); much of it was new to me.  Michell rescued and adopted an oil-soaked penguin, who proved to be a good influence on him and on the students in the school where he taught.  His book has many funny or touching incidents.

    1. I hadn’t seen them either. I don’t think people in Oz get how gobsmacked people like me are with their birds and wildlife. They don’t know what it is like to only interact with parrot species in captivity at home, or from a distance in other countries. Wild parrots are everywhere in Oz, and frequently interact, which is why I love the place. And when you go off alone, parrot seeking, kangaroos are puzzled, and equally curious, when you stop, freeze, watch, and never move at the sight of them. Like the parrots, the kangaroos seem to be curious, why is this human so transfixed with me? Reminds me of being in Africa, and being told crocodiles are “common,” and gazelles are “not worth stopping for.” I come from Southern California. I am stopping for all of these amazing creatures, on both of these amazing continents.

      1. jei

        Potrebbe essere Cindy Knoke, la donna più bella e interessante del mondo? A quella domanda risponderei che in effetti lo è. 🙂

          1. jei

            Cara Cindy. Sonno stato cercando il significato di “verità” con la metodologia utilizzata dalle varie correnti teoriche per analizzare tutte le risposte offerte da ciascuna delle attuali teorie filosofiche e sociologiche e sono giunto alla conclusione che la verità assoluta è quella che ognuno di noi concepisce come unico. In altre parole, se affermo, ad esempio, che Cindy Knoke è la donna più bella del mondo, nessuno può contestare questa conclusione, sia essa soggettiva o oggettiva. Quella é la mia verità assoluta, punto. 🙂

            Ti auguro una buona settimana!

            1. La tua logica è impeccabile e impressionante, quindi non oserò dissentire. Anche tu hai una settimana meravigliosa, io e il mio amico siamo felici di conoscerti. დ

    1. It seems so counter logical doesn’t it! How could such a boldly colored creature be camouflaged? But, when you look up from under the tree canopies, which are bright green, and sunlight is filtering down through flowers and berries, you will see how perfectly camouflaged they are because you can hear them, but you can’t see them. დ

    1. It is absolutely amazing and wonderful. As parrot species are threatened and endangered in the wild, they are thriving in places where they are not native. Like Hyde Park where Ring Neck Parakeets native to India are thriving in the thousands, and San Diego near me, where Amazon Parrots are thriving also in flocks of thousands. I find this to be a hopeful adaptation. Re Hyde Park see: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/jun/06/the-great-green-expansion-how-ring-necked-parakeets-took-over-london#:~:text=London's%20parakeets%20now%20number%20in,Park%20(5)%20

      1. Very interesting article. ‘Matter of fact I’ve been going to London on pleasure or business since the early 70’s and had noticed them until a fairly recent trip.

        1. Parrots are fascinating creatures. In nature they live in flocks (like they do now in Hyde Park, which I didn’t know, until you told me, and which I think is awesome). They are often so loud in flocks, you hear them well before you can see them, but they have somehow managed, for a long time now, in these new urban environments, to avoid serious detection, sometimes for decades. Pretty adaptive, don’t you think.

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  10. My goodness! The detail within the yellow and green feathers is remarkable. You are the master of photography, Cindy. Thank you for brightening my day!

  11. Those bright orange beaks, in striking contrast to the green and yellow feathers — Cindy you capture some of Mother Nature’s most stunning handiwork. I love the quick, mischievous look in their eyes. Hugs on the wing.

  12. They are so wonderful, with a charakterful behaviour. Their colouring is so amazing, its pure natural art. Thank you for sharing, Cindy. Hope you are well and stay save. Best wishes, Michael

    1. The colors of this part of Australia are bright greens with red, yellow and pink flowers, and filtering sunlight through the leaves, so they do blend in rather miraculously დ

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