Crimson Rosellas. Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. by Ralph de Zilva


Small (23.2" x 15.5")

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Crimson Rosellas. Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. by 

Made A Sale To An Unknown Buyer on 04.10.2014
Sold A Greeting Card on 19.10.2012
Sold A Print in 2011

Nikon D700 & Nikkor 80-400mm lens
@ 400mm

3210 views, 173 comments, favourited by 31 & 16 features as at 04.10.2013

2nd in the Cover Shots groups " Birds Of A Feather" challenge on 30.05.2013
Top Ten in the Closeups In Nature groups “Birds Eating” challenge on 29.10.2013
Top Ten in Featured For A Challenge on 27.09.2011
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Featured in Explore on 02.03.2011

The Crimson Rosella is a parrot native to eastern and south eastern Australia which has been introduced to New Zealand and Norfolk Island. It is commonly found in, but not restricted to, mountain forests and gardens. The species as it now stands has subsumed two former separate species, the Yellow Rosella and the Adelaide Rosella. Molecular studies show one of the three red-coloured races, var. nigrescens is genetically more distinct.

Though described by Johann Friedrich Gmelin in Systema Naturae as Psittacus elegans in 1788, the Crimson Rosella had been described and named by John Latham in 1781 as the Beautiful Lory, and then Pennantian Parrot. However he didn’t give it a Latin name until 1790, when he named it Psittacus pennanti. In 1854, it was placed in the genus Platycercus by Martin Lichtenstein in his Nomenclator Avium Musei Zoologici Berolinensis.

Today, the red-coloured races are generally known as the Crimson Rosella, with the alternate names Red Lowry, Pennant’s Parakeet, Campbell Parakeet, (Blue) Mountain Parrot, (Blue) Mountain Lowry or just plain Lowry occasionally heard. Cayley reported that the first two alternate names were most common in the early part of the twentieth century. On Norfolk Island it is called simply Red Parrot.



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I have always had a love of capturing images and in my early teens took many photographs on my little Kodak camera. I loved the wild open spaces and bird life in particular and longed to be able to be an accomplished photographer. It took ill health and a forced early retirement to re-kindle this love of photography. I am a self-taught amateur photographer who has had no formal training. I take great pride and joy in my work and these days have the time to pursue this wonderful hobby.

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  • Tom Hobbs
    Tom Hobbsover 4 years ago

    Wow, nice shot

  • Thanks Tom.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • SelinaJ
    SelinaJover 4 years ago

    Excellent shot of these wonderful parrots!

  • Thank you Selina.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Kerry  Hill
    Kerry Hillover 4 years ago

    Fabulous shot Ralph, beautiful colours!

  • Indrani Ghose
    Indrani Ghoseover 4 years ago

    Oh! So beautiful!
    I could gaze for hours. :)

  • Thanks once again for your comments on the pair of crimson rosellas.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Gabrielle  Hope
    Gabrielle Hopeover 4 years ago

    Brilliant capture!!!!!

  • Thanks Gabriel for your comments.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • DebYoung
    DebYoungover 4 years ago

    What beautiful birds…great capture

  • Thanks Deb. Your comments were much appreciated.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • PattyB46
    PattyB46over 4 years ago

    I’ll tell you what – you have to be in the right place @ the right time for this beautiful capture! I am truly impressed!!

  • Many thanks once again for your lovely comments Patty. Much appreciated. It was an overcast day and the conditions were spot on. Yes I was lucky that the birds arrived at the right time.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Nancy Bray
    Nancy Brayover 4 years ago

    Your bird shots are awesome! Amazing to me that these colorful birds are living in the wild and available for you to photograph any time.

  • Thank you very much Nancy for your very kind words. Much appreciated.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Terry Everson
    Terry Eversonover 4 years ago
    An excellent image Ralph, nice and sharp against the background. You have a good variety of images.
  • Thanks Terry for having looked at my photos and also for your wonderful comments .

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Michael John
    Michael Johnover 4 years ago

    Congratulations Ralph.

  • What an honour-Thanks very much and I am terribly excited.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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