As best as I can tell there are just three Superb Parrots this year, one is young. I suspect a Young male. As I note a faint pinkness around his neck on the underside where the adult Males are bright orange. I have seen the young one asleep a couple of times with its head tucked under its wing which is both such a sweet endearing sight. Its also the most crafty natural camouflage when in a leafy environment. The only brightly coloured part of the young and the most brightly coloured part of the females is their beak, tucking its head in conceals the beak and they sink into the leafy background unobtrusively. The female does have a pale pinky tone on the underside of her tail feathers but its not at all striking or obvious.
The young one is quite unafraid. I have managed to get within arms length of it several times after extended periods of closer and closer proximity. It’s not going to let us get too close but knows it can trust us I think. It also seems quite pleased with the sound of my camera shutter when I shoot a burst. They are beautiful birds and I am so privileged to get to observe them when they come here to feast. The last population estimate I heard was late last year. It said that there are well and truly less than 10,000 left in the wild .
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and hope there is happiness and health for all in 2016