Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Swift Parrots

Last week I had the opportunity to visit South Chain Valley, on several occasions to photograph the Swift Parrots that have been resident for several weeks. Access to Chain Valley South is off the Pacific Highway via Tall Timbers Road.

This is a good site for photographing the birds as it is easily accessible in the Joshua Porter Reserve and the trees that the birds are frequenting are relatively low.

As subjects these birds can be difficult as they then to stay well within the foliage. They also move about a lot and often fly on mass to another area without any obvious reason.

This site proved to be good for a number of parrot species, including: Scaly Lorikeets, Rainbow Lorikeets, Galahs, Eastern Rosellas, Crimson Rosellas, Little Corellas and Musk Parrots.


  1. Swift Parrots are amazing. Good work finding them and photographing them. They're listed as threatened in Victoria (if I'm not mistaken) and I saw in the news how a harbour expansion project on French Island might be stopped because they were found there.

    I'm into birdscaping and native gardening in a big way. I created a Facebook page called Australian Native Plant Enthusiasts. I'd be delighted if you come have a look and post your thoughts on the wall. I look forward to future posts on your blog!