The Parakeets of Abbey Wood

Yes, that’s Abbey Wood on the outskirts on London and they have an abundance of wild Ring Necked Parakeets. Nobody really knows why and how, but they seem happy to be there. I was here before Christmas and it was very cold, they still seemed happy enough flying around. There are a few thoughts of how they became settled in the South East, including escaped captive birds and intentionally released, however, I personally think that the warmer climate that the UK is getting means they came here naturally. It’s not just this part of the South East where they can be found, they are appearing in many areas especially the South Coast. There has also been sightings in the Midlands too.

I wasn’t there to photograph the birds, but having a weekend away in London but as took the camera to get some shots. I was woken at about 6:30am on Saturday morning to the sound of a Woodpecker in full hammer mode on a nearby tree. So I grabbed the camera and headed out to find him. As you can see, I found him (quite easily, I just followed the noise). He was high up in a large tree, so couldn’t get a close up photo, but happy with what I got, remembering that I’d only just woke up. I find it hard to function for the first hour every day!

The sunrise light was great so I wandered around snapping a few photos of the Parakeets, again, not the best photos, but as mentioned, I wasn’t there to take the photos so didn’t really have a great deal of time to spend.

The last photo of the Blue Tit just reminded me that you don’t need a great super sharp photo for a photo to work. Whilst waiting about for the Parakeets to fly over (they didn’t) I saw this Blue Tit clinging to a far reached branch and it just made a perfect frame for a shot.

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Pair of Parakeets - D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 with TC17EII @ 500mm, f/5.6, ISO1000, 1/1250sec - {Flickr Link}

Parakeet - D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 with TC17EII @ 500mm, f/5.6, ISO1600, 1/1250sec - {Flickr Link}
Parakeet - D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 with TC17EII @ 500mm, f/5.6, ISO1100, 1/1250sec - {Flickr Link}
Parakeet - D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 with TC17EII @ 500mm, f/5.6, ISO500, 1/1250sec - {Flickr Link}
Parakeet - D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 with TC17EII @ 500mm, f/5.6, ISO800, 1/1250sec - {Flickr Link}
Parakeet - D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 with TC17EII @ 500mm, f/8, ISO800, 1/1250sec - {Flickr Link}
GS Woodpecker - D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 with TC17EII @ 500mm, f/5.6, ISO800, 1/1250sec - {Flickr Link}
Blue Tit - D7100, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 with TC17EII @ 500mm, f/5.6, ISO640, 1/2500sec - {Flickr Link}
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