Black-hooded Parakeets … Nandayus nenday also known as Nanaday Parakeets are becoming quite numerous in the Palm Beach County area. I hear them 75% of the time I’m out driving around and have now seen them at over half a dozen different sites that I bird.
The first Nanaday’s I ever encountered were down in Broward County at the Bass Pro shops. Since that time their population has exploded.
I’ve seen these guys everywhere from the beach to as far West as Loxahatchee NWR. They were only recently … last year … added to the American Birding Associations list of countable species.
This post was motivated by an experience I had about a month ago. I was out riding my bike looking for Fall migrants and I remembered reading on E-bird about a group of Black-hooded Parakeets being seen in the new plaza on the corner of Atlantic and Lyons in West Delray.
I had what could be described as about a perfect hour of shooting a group of 15-20 birds feeding in 10-15 foot trees in perfect light. The following is just a small sample of the hundreds of shots I took that magical day!
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These guys are truly photogenic and with the rapid increase in their population a pretty easy species to find in South Florida. I hope you enjoyed these guys as much as I do. Thanks for stopping by and God Bless!!!