Don't mean to be nasty or anything by contradicting advice, but I tried something that worked surprisingly well using playback and my newly acquired Cass Creek Big Horn extension speaker plugged into my mobile phone mp3 player. I was not expecting results by using playback on flocking parrots, but was having great results yesterday east of Adelaide attracting Robins, Babblers, GST's etc etc so experimented with playback on Ringnecks I knew were in the area.
Within 2 minutes of playing back Ringneck sounds I had 7 fly in and go directly to where I had the speaker placed about 30 or so feet away, none approached the actual speaker within 10 or so feet, but were certainly occupied trying to work it out so images taken, but not a clean shot to be had.
Pleased with that me and Tina went back to where we parked the vehicle and have a cuppa. Sitting in my comfy chair sipping hot tea I decided why waste time and so set up the extension speaker about 50 feet away in a bush to watch and wait. Thought I'd playback the Mulga Parrot call since they were also somewhere in the region. In less than 5 minutes 5 Mulgas came racing out of the mallee and landed on a tree above our heads, you could see them arching their necks and ears to the direction of the bush with speaker placed. Not much more than 30 seconds later they went directly to the bush and perched out in the open just above the speaker. They seemed mesmerised by it and settled down to listen and actually watched as a couple of them went seemingly to sleep, obviously feeling secure amoung what they thought was the security of the " phantom " flock.
What a brilliant opportunity !...I crept to minimum focus distance of the small group, with my chair, about 15 feet away and rattled off numerous pictures, male and female. As a consequence I got some great Mulga Parrot shots, although the light was not from the ideal direction, but still extra pleased at the results. They eventually took off after 15 minutes once I decided to use the flash which freaked them out and couldn't entice them back after that.
So....pleased with my Big Horn purchase ......now if I can find the right playback for Blue Bonnet Parrots I'll be keen to give it a go on them as I know where they inhabit regularly but can never get within a 100 metres or so. Anyone know where I can get a decent recording of Blue Bonnets for playback ?....really really want to get a decent image of this species for my collection, probably my favorite Parrot species
PS : the Big Horn speaker worked well for a short time on a group of White-browed Babblers too which was surprising as these birds have always eluded me in getting a clean shot, always behing a bush or branch....yesterday I got my best yet Babbler shot, nice clean image so woohoo and double woohoo !!!