Tropical bird invading Western Europe by steppeland

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Rose-ringed or Ringnecked parakeet ( Wikipedia ) in the tree tops near my balcony – Amsterdam South_East, the Netherlands

These tropical birds, originally brought into this country as “aviary – birds”, have found their home, first in the Vondel-park in Amsterdam, and from there have been spreading all over Amsterdam. They seem to occur in other larger towns of the Netherlands and Western Europe too, where they are able to survive our winters thanks to the feeding practices of the city people. They operate in small groups of 10-20 birds, are a very noisy gang, and are always the first to find the peanuts on the feeding tables.

The in the wild living populations were first observed in the Netherlands in 1968. They occur mainly in the 4 largest cities Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Den Haag and Utrecht. In recent counts (Jan. 2010) their number was estimated around 10.000 – a doubling of their number since 2004. (Source: )

Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and
Tamron AF70-300mm Tele-macro1:2 lens
exp.time 1/180 sec. at f/unknown
ISO 400 Focal length 300mm

TAGS : animals birds parrots, Rose-ringed or Ring necked parakeet, green_images, close-up, blur dof bokeh, wildlife_wild

Features and Top10 placements
Featured in The Silky Touch (Feb.14, 2011)
Featured in ‘Special featured member’ – Dutch showcase (March 14, 2011)
Top10 in Parrots – in Nature Photography Challenge (Sept. 8, 2011)
Featured in Nature Photography challenge (Sept. 12, 2010)
Top10 in Green – the addicted photographer (Nov. 7, 2011)
Featured in The addicted photographer (Nov. 11, 2011)
Top10 in It ain’t easy being green – International Women’s group (March 4, 2011)
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Steppeland (pseudonym) is a Flemish photographer, living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Her main area’s of interest are Nature Photography, Street photography and Photojournalism. Recently she also explores different digital art techniques, mainly based on her own photographs.
More of her work can be seen at DeviantArt and 500px

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  • steppeland
    steppelandover 3 years ago

  • DutchLumix
    DutchLumixover 3 years ago

    Super mooie plaat !!!
    Heb ze ook vaak gespot in groepen in amsterdam :)

    Met vriendelijke groet,
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Dank je wel, Eric. Blij met je mooie compliment!

    – steppeland

    JUSTARTover 3 years ago

    beautiful shot

  • Thank you so much, Sylvia!

    – steppeland

  • tori yule
    tori yuleover 3 years ago

    Great shot and interesting information!

  • Thanks a lot, Tori, glad you like it!

    – steppeland

  • Richard G Witham
    Richard G Withamover 3 years ago

    What a fabulous photograph. I love the DOF and soft light.

  • Thanks a lot for the kind compliment, Richard. Much appreciated!

    – steppeland

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 3 years ago


  • Thank you so much, my friend, and thanks for the fave too!

    – steppeland

  • Bobjarrett
    Bobjarrettover 3 years ago

    Being tropical it’s amazing they are surviving. Great pic well taken

  • That’s so true! Thank you for the compliment!

    – steppeland

  • Gary  Davey (Jordy)
    Gary Davey (J...over 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture, I love the green tones and DOF, well done :)

  • Big thanks, Jordy, for the kind comment and fav!

    – steppeland

  • BabyM2
    BabyM2over 3 years ago

    Incrediably beautiful superb capture..

  • Aww, thanks for such a great compliment!

    – steppeland

  • dedmanshootn
    dedmanshootnover 3 years ago

    what a beautiful bird! interesting info

  • Thank you for your kind comments and favs! Your support means a lot!

    – steppeland

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