Rose-ringed Parakeet - Delta Park, Randburg - July 2006

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11 years 4 months ago #2372 by Ian Grant
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Hi folks

We went to Delta Park (Randburg, Gauteng) this weekend and found what could be a "sure thing" for the Rose-ringed Parakeet.

If you park in the shade cloth car ports and walk South (probably to your right) from the Centre towards the stream. Find a small, wooden bridge. Over the bridge and look up in the second tree on the left. There is a barkless piece (facing westish) about 50cm long. Top left of that is a hole.

The parakeets spent hours in that tree. We watched the female go into and out of the hole a few times. Even watched the pair mating.

I posted some (not great) pics in the Photography section.

Good luck!

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Ian

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11 years 4 months ago #2374 by JGB
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Hi Ian,

Thanks for the info. Will have to make a turn there one of these days.

So many birds, so little time!

Cheers,
Justin

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10 years 3 weeks ago #6178 by Larks
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There's also a tree at Innesfree Park, next to the river, in Sandown, JHB, where you can find them almost daily.

Again, pretty much a sure thing (but you never know). <!-- s8) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_cool.gif" alt="8)" title="Cool" /><!-- s8) -->

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9 years 11 months ago #6437 by mossie
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The biggest population of parakeets must be Waverly. There is a spruit which runs east of the M1, between Glenhove and Athol Oaklands off ramps. Park at the Waverly guide hall, or just off Pretoria street, and walk down along the river. In the last half hour before sunset, hundreds of them converge from every part of JHB to the willow trees along the spruit, where they roost. It is truly a spectacle to see so many fast flying noisy birds all converging to one spot. The average flock size is about 20-30 birds. This is also an excellent spot for Wattled Lapwing.

What is interesting to observe with the parakeets, is whether they are becoming increasingly invasive. I have noted, that they appear to feed exclusively on exotic vegetation (seeds of wattle trees, Almonds etc), and that they do not seem to disturb the indigenous birds. The grey go-away birds are definitely dominant. So if I had to make predictions, as to their spread, I can imagine that they will probably grow in number, but only disperse as far as the borders of our towns, where there are exotics to feed on. I guess being “pretty” birds, they are a novelty to most people, and are less likely to be hounded in the way Mynahs and starlings are!

Talking of their spread, I saw a single individual flying over the parking lot of Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto!!! This brings my Soweto hospital total to more than double my garden list. I have seen some real surprises here, such as bar throated apalis, tawny flanked prinia, ant eating chat, peregrine falcon, black shouldered kite, gulls, red wing starling, pin tailed wydah, black throated canary, glossy ibis, reed cormorant, sacred ibis and even heard a firey necked nightjar, when leaving late in the evening (above the din of the taxis).

Mossie

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