Beauty in the Morning. by Trish Meyer

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Off to feed the neighbour’s cat I found this beauty enjoying a feed from a New South Wales Christmas Bush at my home at Denhams Beach on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia.

Galah : Cacatua roseicapilla
Family: Cacatuidae
Order: Psittaciformes

The Galah has recently become widely known as the Rose-breasted Cockatoo and 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.


Beauty in the Morning, the other side

Galahs have a bouncing acrobatic flight, but spend much of the day sheltering from heat in the foliage of trees and shrubs. Huge noisy flocks of birds congregate and roost together at night. The Galah is one of the most abundant and familiar of the Australian parrots, occurring over most of Australia, including some offshore islands and is found in large flocks in a variety of timbered habitats, usually near water.

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. They are becoming more abundant around areas of human habitation, with the growth in population largely a result of increasing availability of food and water. Escaped aviary birds have also contributed to these numbers.

Galahs form permanent pair bonds, although a bird will take a new partner if the other one dies. The nest is a tree hollow or similar location, lined with leaves. Both sexes incubate the eggs and care for the young.

Edited from Australian Museum’s “Birds in Backyards” website.

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Comments

  • Torfinn
    Torfinnover 5 years ago

    Superb shot, and a gorgeous bird!

  • That was very quick! Thanks so much for your lovely comments and for adding this shot to your favourites. I was a bit lucky with a fairly uncluttered view of the bird, beautiful blue sky and the early morning sun in the right place!

    – Trish Meyer

  • JackieSmith
    JackieSmithover 5 years ago

    Beautiful bird. I have seen one that color!

  • Thanks for your lovely comments Jackie and for adding me to your watchlist. Trish.

    – Trish Meyer

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 5 years ago
    Fantastic capture , they are so beautiful
  • Thanks so much Kathy, I had everything in my favour for this shot.

    – Trish Meyer

  • Svetlana Sewell
    Svetlana Sewellabout 5 years ago

    A Beauty!

  • Thank you so much.

    – Trish Meyer

  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenabout 5 years ago

    Just beautiful!

  • Thanks so much for dropping by and commenting. Trish.

    – Trish Meyer

  • rain-dogs
    rain-dogsabout 5 years ago

    great shot trish and one of my favourite cockatoos full of character and comedy….its good that theyre becoming better known as a rose breasted cockatoo than as a galah which is a bit of a slang or common term describing their behaviour more than their species…..well done

  • Thanks so much for your comments … the change of name suits them I think, as you say galah is more suited to behaviour and they are really quite pretty.

    – Trish Meyer

  • Kymie
    Kymieabout 5 years ago

    LOL sitting up there like it owns the world :-) Wonderful photo, love these birds.

  • Not a care in the world and plenty of food! Thanks for your lovely comments.

    – Trish Meyer

  • tkrosevear
    tkrosevearabout 5 years ago

    what a gorgeous bird ;) xoxox ♥

  • Thanks so much for your lovely comments.

    – Trish Meyer

  • Lilian Marshall
    Lilian Marshallabout 5 years ago
    Beautiful colour and framing ..
  • Thank you Lilian.

    – Trish Meyer

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsabout 5 years ago

    And the same for this with an even better pose. Well done. It’s hard to get them sitting still.

  • Thanks Michael. This is my favourite, it was really enjoying feeding.

    – Trish Meyer

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