Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wordless Wednesday #31 ~ @ Parrot Mountain

Previous posts have shown we took a long Sunday Drive last week on Wednesday & Thursday ending up in Gatlinburg (all unplanned).   It was a spur of the moment trip to catch the last of the beautiful foliage in beautiful almost record breaking warm, sunny weather.  We didn't know we were beating a cold front meeting a record breaking hurricane!  Perfect timing.  On the way home at the end of the Friday, we hit the cold weather about 2 hours before arriving home.

The last few trips to Smokies had been rather uneventful, because we've been there done that.
We actually found something different to do on this trip to the Smokies.

  At breakfast, I picked up a pamphlet about Parrot Mountain and Gardens which was a short drive out of Pigeon Forge just past Dollywood.  Well worth the drive. Although their website says they have hundreds and hundreds of birds, I would just leave it at around a hundred.  But still, there were a lot of beautiful birds.  Since we were there on a week day, off season, it wasn't crowded.  Weather was perfect.
 I took so many shots, that I can't put them all in one post.

Here are some birds and some of them had some great personalities.  I'll try to be wordless and let you enjoy the shots.  You can make the comments.

I'm guessing a guy above and lady below by the way they hold their food?
Some of the birds we fed sugar water.
Several birds were perched.  We could feed them.  With assistance we could hold some of them.

 Most would take just one seed and some took none.
This one held on to Mr. G's hand to make sure he wouldn't leave before he finished getting his feast.

Several could speak to get your attention.
"Hey Sailor!"
"Hey, Look up here." When you had your head turned
One made a cell phone ring (people start looking for phone) and answered,  "Hello."
Some had learned to mock various kinds of laughter.
The white bird at the top would only speak when no one was looking.  Sounded like a small child.

I set down on a bench to wait for Mr. G.  Heard the door from the snack bar open and close but didn't see anyone come out.  Looked down and found this (see below).
 Imagine being a cat living with all those birds.  Bet he could tell some stories.

I'll show the floral and birdhouses later.

Thanks to:
Photoscape for downsizing & watermarking photos


  1. Neat bird pictures. What a fun way to spend the day!

  2. great parrots. nice shots. need to get back to TN soon. love it there. great fall colors as well. (:

  3. I been to the Smokies many times but never in fall. It must be beautiful this time of year.
    Never heard of Parrot Mountain but my next visit I'll be sure not to miss it.
    These are wonderful shots! How wonderful to be able to get so close.

  4. You have a great eye for good pictures. I'm sure you have a very good camera, hope you don't mind me asking if you would share the specs.
    Thanks for sharing these awesome photos.
    We invite you to come share/linkup via our linky:
    Happy Halloween!

    1. Crafty- I have no specs. I just can't get the hang of using ISO and such. I have figured out when I go to zoos or something like this, I use my close-up lens (Nikon 55-200) because animals aren't usually close. I switch between auto, close-up and the action mode to see which is the most clear. Most of these were using action mode which doesn't have a flash which I don't like to use with animals. The action setting is the one I also use while riding in the van to get roadside shots. Thanks for the compliment. Maybe Santa will bring me a Macro lens?

    2. You should find me on your linkup. I have you on my party list and have been visiting for several weeks.

  5. Beautiful photos of the birds. Some of them had coloring I don't think I've ever seen before.

    Happy Wordless Wednesday!

  6. Love those colorful birds. And spur of the moment trips. :)

  7. Beautiful photos & definitely an amazing place to visit. The parrots are sooooo cute


  8. We were there this summer - and loved it! Although, I am not one to let them eat from my hand, Dan did... The birds are so beautiful and colorful! Great shots - thanks for joining in this week!


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