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Wed Jun 16, 2021, 01:31 AM

Yes, we have wild parrots in Los Angeles.

Last edited Wed Jun 16, 2021, 02:27 AM - Edit history (2)

EDIT: i added one of the original uncropped images to this post.
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Don't ask where they came from, because everyone will give you a different opinion. Some people think they escaped from Busch Gardens. Other people think they just escaped from their owners, or were released by them. There is also a theory that an aviary caught fire in the fifties and they were released then. Still, some folks think they just flew here from Mexico. You can hear them passing over nearly everyday because they are extremely noisy and can be heard from a good distance away.

No matter how they got here, they are always a treat to see. They are, however, very difficult to photograph, because they are extremely fast and never stay in one place very long. They also prefer very tall trees.

My wife and I were walking our dogs the other day when we startled a small flock that was perched in a very low tree. They flew right over my head, missing me by inches. I followed them down the block where they had landed in someone's apple tree. These are pics of them gorging themselves on the apples.

I've been told that the official species is mitered parakeet or mitered conure. They are much larger than the pet parakeets we are familiar with, almost as big as Amazons.

For those who are interested in the technical stuff, here is the info. I usually take my Canon EOS T6s crop sensor DSLR on my neighborhood walks. Lately I've been using the EF-S 18-135mm lens, which is equivalent to a 27-200mm on a full frame camera. I shot these at f/8, 1/2000th second, ISO auto. The really cool thing is that these are extreme crops. A 200mm lens really isn't long enough for wildlife and birds. However, I'm able to crop down to a very small percentage of the original image using Topaz SharpenAI. Topaz really has changed the way I shoot. These shots would not have been possible with this camera and lens without it. The last image is one of the original uncropped files.

Enjoy!

Ross











This next one needs a little work. It's too dark.





This is one of the original uncropped images. It's the first photo that I posted above.





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Reply Yes, we have wild parrots in Los Angeles. (Original post)
Grumpy Old Guy Jun 2021 OP
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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 01:49 AM

1. We have them down in San Diego too.

They are all over the area of Ocean Beach. People speculate that they were from someone's pets about 50 years ago (when they were spotted). A few of them have been on the phone wires outside and I am always alarmed since they are LOUD and they sound like they are from millions of years ago...dinosaur-like sounds that you hear in monster movies, not like birds at all. They are related to dinosaurs so there could be that link.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 02:02 AM

5. They are amazingly loud, aren't they?

That's one of the things I like about them. They're not shy. They let everyone know they're coming. I don't think they're afraid of other birds.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 02:14 AM

9. All the other birds are afraid of them though.

When they land someplace all the other birds take off right away. I don't blame them.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 01:50 AM

2. Wow, my dear Grumpy!

These are just simply superb photos! I'm not that crazy about the parrots, but even I must admit that these photos are so real and vivid, I feel as though I could reach out and touch the birds!

They have color, shape and form in abundance. And it would be great to see your originals for comparison.

Thank you!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 02:03 AM

6. Thank you dear Peggy.

I'll post some of the originals too.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 02:16 AM

10. For Peggy, here is one of the original images.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 01:52 AM

3. Reminds me (a bit) of the parrots in a documentary called "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill"

Which is about... wild parrots... on Telegraph Hill... (in San Francisco). But those ones are red-headed conures, aka cherry-headed conjures, aka red-masked parakeets. I have been fortunate enough to encounter them a few times in person over the years.

I think your ID is correct, based on the pics of mitered conures I've previously seen -- never seen them in the wild myself. What a treat!

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Response to RockRaven (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 02:05 AM

7. No one can ever seem to agree about the species.

There are similar parrots around that someone else referred to as Red Headed Amazons. I'm pretty sure these are Mitered Parakeets though. They've been coming around here for years.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Reply #7)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 02:48 AM

14. There are several species out there

Mitured Conures, Nanday Conures, several species of Amazons, Yellow Chevroned Parakeets and Ringnecked Parakeets are just some of those out there. I'm in Long Beach and year before last there was the biggest flock of wild Amazons I've ever seen, and I mean hundreds! They spend a couple of days working the oak trees on local streets, eating the acorns. When they came and went the noise was amazing.

Here is a link to the California Parrot Project, which was started by Kimball Garrett who works at the Natural History Museum in LA, and is one of the top bird experts in Calif.

http://www.californiaparrotproject.org/index.html

Love the photos!!

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Response to catchnrelease (Reply #14)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 03:13 AM

16. Thanks for the link.

That is a great site.

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Response to RockRaven (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 02:38 AM

13. I live on Telegraph Hill

Flocks of those squawkers swoop past my window every day. I love the sound.
Some people find them too loud, especially in the morning, but itís music to my ears.

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Response to Demobrat (Reply #13)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 03:14 AM

17. It's music to my ears too.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 01:52 AM

4. Gorgeous!

Great photos, too!

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Response to calimary (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 02:06 AM

8. Thank you Calimary!

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 02:36 AM

11. 6:45 am in summer 7:15 in the fall

TheY have been an alarm clock for many years. ...like it or not.

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Response to jaysunb (Reply #11)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 02:38 AM

12. LOL! Yes they are!

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 03:01 AM

15. After 30+ years, I know them well...

...Pasadena, Altadena, Sierra Madre, Monrovia.

They're big, and even noisier!

Love em!!

Fantastic photos, thanks for posting.

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Response to GReedDiamond (Reply #15)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 03:17 AM

18. Thank you, I love them too.

I've been known to drive around the West Side looking for them. I think I first became aware of them about ten years ago.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 03:43 AM

19. Thank you so much for these wonderful pictures!

I didn't know this! And don't they blend in with the trees!

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Response to colorado_ufo (Reply #19)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 08:58 AM

22. Yes!

They certainly do blend in with the trees. I usually find some in the images that I didn't know were there.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 04:22 AM

20. Wow!

What a lucky treat!

Walking the dog generated some of my most serendipitous shots over the years, but never anything like a flock of wild parrots!

Thanks for posting them.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #20)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 08:58 AM

23. Thank you! 😊

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 05:41 AM

21. Stunning photos!

Beautiful birds. I think I can recall a documentary showing parrots in the L.A. area (it could have been another part of California because I don't exactly remember the city). Your photos are a joy to look at!

Thank you!

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Response to Blue Dawn (Reply #21)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 09:00 AM

24. Thank you so much!

I have to find that documentary. 😊

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Reply #24)

Thu Jun 17, 2021, 04:14 PM

30. Hi, Grumpy Old Guy!

I did look up the name of the documentary that I saw. It's called "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill" about the parrots in San Francisco.

It is listed as a documentary/indie film, and it was really enjoyable to watch! You might enjoy it, too!

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Response to Blue Dawn (Reply #30)

Thu Jun 17, 2021, 04:27 PM

31. I will definitely look for it.

Thanks!

😊

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Reply #31)

Thu Jun 17, 2021, 06:22 PM

33. You are most welcome!

I think I will watch it again myself!

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 10:11 AM

25. New England has parrots too...

A different species but there are several established colonies along the Connecticut shoreline. These birds are the only parrots that build communal stick nest and they can be huge. I first saw them in the mid 80's while sitting in a quiet spot and realized it sounded like Disney's jungle ride. I looked for the source and saw them building a nest and the mating pairs would argue (loudly) the placement of each new twig inside...Anyway, may I introduce the Monk Parrot:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monk_parakeet

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Response to flotsam (Reply #25)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 12:06 PM

26. Great article!

Thanks for sharing.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 03:49 PM

27. Great shots, thanks for sharing - as a resident of the South Bay...

Not a day goes by, where we don't hear a pandemonium or two making their riotous flight from hither to yon.

They NEVER fly in silence, ever !

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Response to Pluvious (Reply #27)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 03:58 PM

28. Same here in Culver City.

I always keep a camera with a long lens ready in case I can get a good shot. They always announce themselves.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Thu Jun 17, 2021, 02:38 PM

29. Delightful Grumpy Old Guy! Amazing crop detail and colors! Thank You!

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Response to George McGovern (Reply #29)

Thu Jun 17, 2021, 04:32 PM

32. IMHO that's the beauty of Topaz software.

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