Rather than show you the numerous deaths of birds beside country roads at harvest time I’ll show you the living ones. Here we have a pair of male Superb Parrots in the early morning light feeding on fallen grain beside the road near Greenethorpe NSW. Superbs are listed as threatened and restricted to an area of central NSW through to the Vic border. Many Rosellas, Galahs, Superbs and Red Rump parrots are killed by fast moving traffic as the birds are unable to fly off quickly due to gorging themselves on the abundant fallen grain… if only people would slow down a little and give them a chance.

Canon 40d, Nikkor 400mm f5.6.

I love photography and especially bird photography which is one of the most challenging and beautiful of subjects. Hope you enjoy the photos as much as I had taking them.

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 3 years ago

    Lovely capture

  • Thanks Larry… beautiful birds these.

    – Phillip Weyers

  • Rick Playle
    Rick Playlealmost 3 years ago

    Sure are pretty birds Phillip, we see the same over here in the west with harvest time
    sadly
    regards Rick

  • They are stunning Rick, almost flourescent, some people couldn’t give a hoot about the wildlife. Cheers mate.

    – Phillip Weyers

  • Bami
    Bamialmost 3 years ago

    Great capture!

  • Thanks Bami… stunning birds these, a real treat to see in the wild.

    – Phillip Weyers

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alalmost 3 years ago

    A nice shot Phil. It’s a pity that they get wiped out.

  • Cheers Al… not unusual to see up to a dozen in one spot done in this way.

    – Phillip Weyers

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 3 years ago

  • Thanks as always Ray.

    – Phillip Weyers

  • waynepearce
    waynepearcealmost 3 years ago

    nicely captured,Phill

  • Thanks wayne… beautiful to see these in the wild.

    – Phillip Weyers

  • Angie66
    Angie66almost 3 years ago

    Beautiful shot Phillip :)

  • thanks Angie… they are stunning birds.

    – Phillip Weyers

  • Alwyn Simple
    Alwyn Simplealmost 3 years ago

    A beautiful photo of a beautiful bird. It is sad to hear of their plight with the road traffic. Sadly there does not appear to be a solution that people will work towards.

  • Thanks Alwyn… these are a stunning sight in the wild, especially when you see flocks of 10 to 20 birds soaring along the roadsides dodging trees etc. I’ve thought about producing signs to put on the roadsides, but I’m not sure if it would do much good.

    – Phillip Weyers

  • fungifun
    fungifunalmost 3 years ago

    Hi Phillip, on reflection of your comment to Alwyn, I feel any signage would most likely be ignored by the general public using these roadways. They, unlike us do not realise the great contribution these birds, creatures of wildlife make to our environment……. The only time they will is when they are gone! Sad but true! How else can we get a message out to the Australian public without help from local council, State government or Federal help.
    Your pics are very beautiful.. luv them! Anita.
    Hope I haven’t bored you with the rant above. It is so very sad & something should be done to help!
    You

  • Thanks Anita… it’s always a risk having birds besides roads and I must admit I have killed some myself which is heartbreaking… the young ones especially haven’t learned the dangers. Education is the key in all these efforts, but governments these days seem more interested in promoting their own agendas to stay in power… (I’m starting to rant too). There are some wonderful wildlife photo competitions which focus on man’s interaction with his environment, as well as wonderful television series to delight audiences… these are very effective in educating the reasonable public.

    – Phillip Weyers

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 2 years ago

    Gorgeous birds and so sad that the food at the roadside ends up being a fatal trap. :(

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