Nikkor 200-500 VR/TC 14 III @700mm, f10, ISO 800 (+1EV); Nikon Z 6;
rose-ringed parakeet; shot with Hoya Fusion filter without the hood (testing)
into the light source at f10 (for depth of field), heavily overcast (early afternoon; exif time incorrect)

The parakeets are doing well in South-East England. The source of the population were escapes into the wild in the course of some 70 years (estimates). It is a very distinct species that is fascinating to observe. At this time of year they feed on abundant elm, hornbeam and maple seeds; here in a rowan tree. Ecological and inter-species interaction is complex and problematic. We observed sparrow hawk to be more frequent in areas where the parakeets are common and witnessed hunts. Their behaviour and movement through the landscape are different from that of the flocks of goldfinch or starlings, making them easier target for sparrow hawk (especially for females).

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