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Copyright: Tina Sieben (gypsygirl58) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 101 W: 0 N: 138] (426)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K100D, Sigma 55-200mm F4-5.6 DC
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-05-07 5:42
Viewed: 4025
Points: 8
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I took this photo whilst visiting Wittunga Botanic Gardens with a friend. It is of a Galah. I couldn't get a photo of it in flight, but managed to capture this quickly!

Cacatua roseicapilla

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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Thanks for looking and for your comments and critiques! Cheers Tina :-)

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Hello Tina,
I think that I have said that about another of your picture but this bird really look like some domestic bird we have here :) This is a nice specie and pretty good capture of it. I think that the white is a little OE and that the composition, too centered. I would have composed it a different way and I have posted a WS to give you an example of an alternative composition. Your notes are interesting. Thanks,

Hi Tina,
Nice clear image of this Galah, nice colours and sharpness. I am sure you will capture a bird in full flight eventually, keep trying.

hello tina
je te prie de m'excuser d' avoir oublier de te rajouter les points sur une photo ancienne,
celle ci est superbe aussi, bonnes couleurs, belle netteté

Hi Tina, lovely bird in great pose with wonderful colors, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

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