Saturday, November 28, 2009

This week's animal sightings

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Cat and birds for Camera-Critters Sunday meme
More fun at Ben-Gurion Airport.
The cat was alert to the flashing arrow

"Hey, where did it go?"

But soon the luggage trolleys were redistributed to the empty stations, into the railings with the green arrow. And the airport cat had to scat and seek a new source of amusement.

Sitting at the computer today, on a quiet Sabbath day in my quiet village, I heard unfamiliar bird chatter out in the yard.
A whole flock of wild parrots!
I had to think a second, "Wait, am I still in Australia?" Never have I seen parrots flying in the Jerusalem area!
I had to use full zoom, but if you enlarge the photo you can just make out two parrots in the fig tree.
(The fig branches have lost their leaves for the winter, which gives me a better view of Jerusalem over across the valley.)
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Apparently these are the Dhara (pronounced Drara around here) parrots that love to feed on fruits. Well, the folks in this moshav/village certainly have plenty of assorted fruit trees in their gardens. I can guess that now that we have been discovered, the flock will be back again soon.
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The most recent information I could find was from this 2004 article in The Times of India:

Desi parrot is Israel's enemy No 1!
1 October 2004

JERUSALEM: Thirty years after they slipped unnoticed into Israel, Indian parrots are number one enemy of the Jewish state. The green Indian parrot, called "Drara" here, have been declared by the Israeli authorities as "harmful" for the fruit growers and their growth needs to be controlled, said the Yediot Ahronot newspaper.
The bird has undergone an "incredible multiplication" during the last few years as its predators have rapidly decreased in numbers, Dr Yossi Lasham, an ornithologist, told the paper. The rich and natural food available all over northern Israel has aided its growth and they have wreaked havoc on date plantations in Amakim, Lasham said. Alarmed by the development, the authorities have issued directives to adopt measures to control or even reduce their numbers.

"Large Drara parrot cause great damage to the cultivators of dates, apples and other fruits," Glozner, a senior cultivator from the Beit Shean valley, said. "We have identified it as our real enemy". "Following the declaration, it would be possible to make a thinning process in places where the bird was causing great damages," the farmer said.
Drara parrots are seen flying joyfully in the national parks in Tel Aviv, where there is an "ongoing dialogue between those living as pets and those who managed to flee, narrating the sweet life outside the cage," the daily said.
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29 comments:

Suzanne said...

I love the kitty and the arrow, so playful - to bad we all can't be that way. As for the parrots, in Bridgeport, CT a number of years ago a flock of Monk parrots flew in, supposedly quite by accident. Well, they've taken up residence there with their huge nests in the trees. And talk about noise....we now know what the phrase, "parroting" is all about.

Leif Hagen said...

I really like the top photo of the cat and the forward green arrow! Funny!

Martha in PA said...

The cat is so adorable!

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Ladynred said...

What a fun photo of the cat and the arrow. Cute! As for the parrots I've never seen a wild ones. I have a different parrot too!

onangelwings said...

What a sweet cat. Really cute.
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This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Dina: Loved your parrot shot, I never see them flying loose up here in Ohio.

Jedediah said...

The kitty picture is so cute :)
There are a number of flocks of Indian parrots in some regions of Germany, too, and they do very well. Apparentyl there are some in Hamburg, but I have never seen them-

Yaelian said...

Funny that kitty,maybe he was hoping to travel somewhere....
I have those parrots near my home too,and as the article you put in your posting, they are really pretty but cause a lot of damage.It is because people who have been so unthoughtful and let them slip into freedom that we have a big parrot problem today. When people let house animals loose,they can multiply and do that. IN Helsinki,where I come from,they have had a big problem with city rabbits that have been multiplying like rabbits do and have caused so much damage. And that was also due to people who released their pet bunnies.....

We love Luna said...

Adorable critter,very cute!
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Happy camera critters
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gigihawaii said...

That cat is simply beautiful. Lovely black and white cat.

Love the green parrots, only seen if I click on the picture.

Robin said...

That cat photo is really funny.

We have a flock of draras in our neighborhood too. I really like catching a glimpse of them as they wing by my kitchen window :). (And I live in the city so whatever they're eating it isn't agricultural crops.)

brattcat said...

What an interesting post, Dina. I've entirely lost my heart to the kitty. Hope the birds don't present too big a problem.

Denise said...

A wonderful and interesting post. The cat must have been fun to observe. He certainly was interested in that green arrow.

GMG said...

Hi Dina! Interesting posts on the Ben Gurion Airprt. And amazing cat... I don't remember ever having seen an animal in an airport...

Old Town Bilbao is now at Blogtrotter for your joy. Have a great weekend!!

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

I was surprised to see a cat at the airport. I could make out one parrot - an interesting story about how they are considered vermin.

Pam said...

You are right about the big flocks of parrots here in Australia Dina, especially in our citrus-growing areas (suffering badly with water allocations being cut back). To control them we have gas guns which fire periodically,mainly dawn and evenings, simply as a frightening mechanism. It spooks many domestic pets.One country town had a big culling of parrots encouraged by the town's mayor and he received a lot of flack for it, with many angry letters to the paper.I like the photo of the airport cat. We have a community of strays at the South Australian Festival Theatre,left pretty much to themselves as they hide in surrounding bushes. They've been spayed, and are fed by caring staff there.

chubskulit said...

He is so curious!

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eden said...

I love the top photo. The kitty is cute and i love his color

Dimple said...

Cute cat, and I also was surprised that you would see a cat at the airport. The parrots are neat as well.
My post is the wild turkeys...

eileeninmd said...

Cool sighting of the green parrots.

Cloudia said...

Delightful kitty shot, Dina.


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Petrea said...

It's interesting to read the comments and find out how many areas have flocks of wild parrots. We have them in Pasadena, CA, too--a huge flock that lives here year 'round. There are conflicting legends as to how they got here. They shriek as they fly, always sounding like they're in a panic. I think they're just having a good time.

That cat is adorable.

jeannette stgermain said...

That is a problem about the parrots...

spacedlaw said...

That cat is too funny!

Eki said...

I love these photos ... Cats are naturally curious animals, are they?

Wren said...

First time I've seen an airport cat - and how nice of the airport to install a cat toy!

Kay said...

I love those kitty photos.

As for your pretty birds causing havoc... that would be the Bulbul over here. They are driving my mom crazy eating her lemon and orchid flowers.

Jew Wishes said...

What excellent photos! I love the cats, but love the one with the carts...showing so much flow and depth.

Great post.

Pietro said...

Dina, the whole post is very interesting. That B&W polka-dot kitty is so cute and funny!