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|I took this photo a couple of weeks ago whilst visiting Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary with a girlfriend. It is of a Galah. I know the white on its head is OE but this bird I find hard to get the exposure right on. The white on them is very white, also with the lens I have this is the closest I could get to it. It was also only partly turned towards me, waited for ages to get a better shot but couldn't, sorry about that!! :-)|
The Galah (35 cm) can be easily identified by its rose-pink head, neck and underparts, with paler pink crown, and grey back, wings and undertail. Birds from the west of Australia have comparatively paler plumage. Galahs have a bouncing acrobatic flight, but spend much of the day sheltering from heat in the foliage of trees and shrubs. The voice is a distinctive high-pitched screech, 'chi-chi'. Huge noisy flocks of birds congregate and roost together at night.
Distribution and Habitat:
The Galah is one of the most abundant and familiar of the Australian parrots, found in large flocks, in a variety of timbered habitats, usually near water. It occurs over most of Australia, including some offshore islands, and is becoming more abundant round areas of human habitation. The growth in population is largely a result of increasing availability of food and water. Escaped aviary birds have also contributed to these numbers.
Food and feeding:
Galahs form huge, noisy flocks which feed on seeds, mostly from the ground. Seeds of grasses and cultivated crops are eaten, making these birds agricultural pests in some areas. Birds may travel large distances in search of favourable feeding grounds.
Galahs form permanent pair bonds, although a bird will take a new partner if the other one dies. The breeding season is variable, but mainly from February to July in the north and July to December in the south. The nest is a tree hollow or similar location, lined with leaves. Both sexes incubate the eggs and care for the three or four young. There is a high chick mortality in Galahs, with up to 50 % dying in the first six months.
Galahs have been recorded breeding with other members of the cockatoo family, both in the wild and captivity. These include the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, C. galerita.
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Hi Tina, This is a lovely shot & well captured, my only comment it seems to be a tad blue in the mid tones? But I am at work so it could be the P.C. I'm on, never the less really nice job, their regular visitor to my garden along with a few other spices; excellent notes as well nice work Cheers Rick......
Lovely colors on this bird, one that I've never heard of. I'd agree with Rick re blue in the midtones, unless both our monitors are off. (and mine is old so that's a distinct possibility) Nice composition and POV, a shame that the foliage in the foreground cuts across the bird... but at the same time it does create a sense of intimacy... giving the viewer the feeling of actually peering into the trees at an elusive bird. All in all, I like it.
Very beautiful bird shot vith lovely image.Great colours and POV.TFS.
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Hi Tina, the bird has great colour in a great natural setting. I like the natural frame you have for this Galah with the vegetation. I had never heard of these birds before I saw one last year. Now I understand I don't want to be called one. I still haven't figured out what it means but I guess its not a very complementary term in Australia.
I like the way the tree frames the Galah. Its colours really are quite nice aren't they. A lovely image you have shared with us.
Thanks for looking at my recent picture and writing your critique on it, Tina.
I extend you belated welcome to TN. I am sure you would enjoy being on this site.
This is a very good capture of this unique bird. Maybe a bit of bold experimentation with the camera settings would give you better results.
Keep shooting and all the best.
Thanks for sharing this image.
Good exposure and focus on the Galah!
beautiful colour and clarity with much details on it, the surrounding leafs a bonus on the composition!
well done and well seen, Tina