Newsletter – 6/6/15
I’m back home after cutting short the camping trip in Western Queensland owing to a foot problem which made both camping and walking difficult. The foot is responding well to treatment at home in preparation for the New Caledonian trip in two weeks time. So I didn’t return with lots photos of dry country species for you but I did get treated to a fine display by an extrovert male Galah who came along to distract me while I was putting up my tent in Hughenden.
He wasn’t the only distractor; the camp site know-all gave me a lecture on the order in which to assemble my tent. The Galah was more welcome and I encouraged him, unlike the human, verbally. You can imagine the conversation going a bit like this.
‘I’ve heard that you bring birds fame and fortune with your Bird of the Week email. Can I be your bird of the week?’
‘Sorry Galah was BotW in 2006 (below). I like to have a different species each time.’
‘Ah, pleeeease!!!’ (below)
‘Well, okay, we’ll see. But you’ll have to do something spectacular to make it worth my while.’
‘How about this? I’ll look cute and demented at the same time.’
‘Mmmmh. Not bad but the juvenile Galah did that in 2006 and simultaneously begged for food.’
‘I can hang upside-down and look at you at the same time without losing my grip.’
‘That’s better! Anything else?’
‘I can hang upside-down with just one claw, no safety net, raise my crest and nibble my other foot simultaneously without falling off.’
‘Now that’s impressive: you win. You can be the next bird of the week.’
‘Whoopee, thank you!!! Happy camping!’
At that point the camp-site know-all came along.
The Galah said: ‘Oh no! I’m out of here!’ and flew away. Despite their name, Galahs aren’t stupid.
Just in case you are wondering why I said the bird was a male, it’s all in the eyes. Males have dark brown irises, females have red ones as in the photo above taken on a different occasion at Pentland not that far from Hugenden. This is also the case in Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo.
Ian Montgomery, Birdway Pty Ltd,
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What a delightful newsletter. Sorry about your foot though, Ian. We will be praying that you heal quickly so you can make that next trip. Who knows what adventure you will come back to tell us about?
As many of my readers know, the Galah has become on of my favorite birds. Every since our encounter with the Galah at Brevard Zoo, when this photo was taken.
- Ian’s Birds of the Week
- Ian’s Cockatoo Family Photos
- Birdwatching Adventure to Brevard Zoo in Viera, FL
- Just Back From A Birdwatching Adventure – Viera
- Cockatoos – Cacatuidae Family
- Sharing The Gospel