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With more than five hundred bird species visiting Niger yearly, I am always on the lookout for new species. One thing is to hear and see them, but the challenge is always to capture them on camera!

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One of my favourite birds in the wild (we have one at home too) is the African Ringnecked Parakeet [Psittacula krameri], also known as the Rose-ringed Parakeet. A noisy individual, it is a small bird with big character and I absolutely adore it!

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I always hear it before I see it. The call of an African Ringnecked Parakeet cannot be mistaken, and they will always let you know when they found something delicate to eat!

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One evening as I was riding back home from a long ride in the bush, I encountered a whole flock of them.

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Lost in a world of their own, they were feeding on the fruits of a tree and calling out for others to join them.

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Of course, the invitation did not extend to humans or equines, but I enjoyed watching them fly to the next tree where the party continued. Parakeet’s are amazing characters because of their tremendous joie-de-vivre, and I am happy to be enjoying them in the wild!

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