also called Blue-cheeked Rosella (Platycercus adscitus). Another parrot endemic to Cape York. At least the blue-cheeked nominat race, seen in my images. They are not endangered, but don’t have a big range.¬†The paler southern subspecies has a completely blue chest and no blue-cheeks.

I was stoked to be bale to add this beatiful parrot to my archive ūüôā

Pale-headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus) Blauwangenrosella / Blasskopfrosella

1D Mark IV

600 L IS

1.4x TC III

 

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or in other words, just a few more Golden-shouldered Parrot (Psephotus chrysopterygius) images from an outstanding trip.

All images taken with 1D Mark IV and 600 L IS and 1.4x TC

Golden-shouldered Parrot (Psephotus chrysopterygius) Cape York, Queenslad, Australia

Ever since I read an arcticle a few years ago about Golden-shouldered Parrots (Psephotus chrysopterygius) on the Cape York Peninsula, I knew I wanted to go there one day. Once I moved to Australia I pursued this dream much harder and last week it became reality. The Golden-shouldered Parrot (Psephotus chrysopterygius) is listed as endangered and there are only a few thousand birds left who only live in a small area on Cape York.

Getting up there is quite a challenge and there is only one Gravel Road going to the area. During the wet season this road is closed and only gets opened mid to late May. We were lucky and managed getting up there on a rather good road with only a few water crossings.

Golden-shouldered Parrots breed in termite mounts, in which they dig their nests. Photographing them can be quite a challenge, because they only very briefly visit their nests and often only do that twice a day for just a few seconds…

Here are a few first impressions from that trip

Male Golden-shouldered Parrot (Psephotus chrysopterygius)

Female at the nest

Us on Quads to get through the bush in search for the parrots

And a view from inside the car of the road

Making of…..Waiting for hours under the blind for those magic 5 seconds…