Friday, December 27, 2013

Photos from December 7th 2013 Wild Brooklyn Parrot Safari

We had a great Wild Parrot Safari today! I want to thank all of the hardy folks who made it out to Brooklyn to see the parrots, who were much in evidence on this winter day. Here are some photos taken by my assistant and fellow parrot-watcher and photographer, Jule Hanlon.

By the way, our next Wild Brooklyn Safari will be on Saturday, January 4th, 2014. Please join us!
Three wild Brooklyn Parrots take a stroll across a sidewalk to find food.

Today the parrots let our tour get quite close to us to them. 

Nest construction and maintenance duties were being
carried out at multiple locations.

Contrary to early reports that these wild parrots are hostile to native
wildlife, the Brooklyn Parrots get along harmoniously with the regulars,
including this pigeon.

A wild parrot works on a twig that will soon be severed and
incorporated into the nest complex.

Here's a real "social climber" -- a Brooklyn Parrot flexing his/her
magnificent blue flight feathers.

This Brooklyn Parrot is keeping a low profile.

The Brooklyn Parrots are often elusive, but the parrots today
came quite close to us. 

Our intrepid group of wild parrot-investigators proceeds to the main
parrot-watching site.

Listen up! We're here, we like it, and we plan on staying!

Good photo opportunities abounded today. That pinkish background
is a brick apartment building.

Millet-loving Millenials.

When the weather gets cold, the parrots fluff up, making them look "phat."

A small Feeding Flock of parrots with a New York pigeon.

Steve Baldwin makes a point

The Brooklyn Parrots mate for life. Here an affectionate pair shares
body warmth on Campus Drive.

Work Never Stops in Brooklyn. Here a parrot evaluates how to best
place a freshly-cut twig.
Lots of wild parrot activity today in the trees on Campus Road. Wintertime
 is a great time to see tree action (ordinarily the leaves conceal it).

Two parrots soak up some rays on Campus Road.

"We're watching you watching us," quoth the parrot.

This trio inspects the turf for possibly nutritional substances.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Wild Quaker Parrots feast in New York snow. (c) 2005-13 Brooklyn Parrots Pub.
Today's good news rings out from our flock to yours -- Merry  Christmas!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Walt Disney Co. Makes Major Grant to World Parrot Trust

The World Parrot Trust, founded in 1989, is a non-profit that works cooperatively with parrot enthusiasts, researchers, grass roots organizations and government leaders to protect parrots worldwide. In September of 2013, the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund made a $24,750 grant to support the WPT's to conserve the Yellow Shouldered Amazon Parrot (Amazona barbadensis) on several Caribbean Islands.

We've squawked before on these pages about misbehaving corporations, but it this is great news. It's terrific to see Disney -- a titanic brand and worldwide media colossus -- step forward with this grant.

It's only fitting that Disney is pro-parrot, because one of Walt's most memorable characters is José Carioca, a dapper, cigar-smoking Brazilian parrot who introduced Donald Duck to the pleasures of Brazil in the 1940s and appeared in his own comic strip. Here's José in action from Disney's Three Caballeros:

Kudos to Disney, because the WPT is an excellent organization that does much good across the world for parrots -- one third of whose species are threatened. As it's founder Mike Reynolds, memorably said, "If man can save the parrots, he may yet save himself."

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Photos From 11/2/2013 Parrot Safari

We had a great Autumn parrot safari last Saturday in Brooklyn, and I knew when Stan Lupo showed up with his professional Canon camera and very impressive telephoto that this event would be properly immortalized. Stan was kind enough to let host some of his wonderful images here. Enjoy!

Photo credit: Stan Lupo

Photo credit: Stan Lupo

Photo credit: Stan Lupo

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Wild Brooklyn Parrot Safari on

Atlas Obscura is a collaborative online effort to weave together the reports of explorers to map the planet. As the site explains, "if you're searching for miniature cities, glass flowers, books bound in human skin, gigantic flaming holes in the ground, bone churches, balancing pagodas, or homes built entirely out of paper, the Atlas Obscura is where you'll find them."

On last week's safari, we were lucky to be joined by Kimberly Wadsworth, one of Atlas Obscura's intrepid explorer/reporters; she posted a great report on our findings today.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

More Ridiculous Marketing Clichés

The weekend's over, the parrots were spectacular, but now I'm back at work, and I'm confronting -- yet again -- the world of Ridiculous Marketing Clichés. Bah, humbug! Stop parroting these phrases, people! (Thanks to my work mate, Chris Bell, for putting together this new list of insane, invasive, language).