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Galah Having His Afternoon Shower. Cedar Creek, Qld, Australia. by Ralph de Zilva

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Nikon D700 & Nikkor 80-400mm lens

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The BIrds on 15.12.2013
All Things Photography on 154.12 2013
The Queensland Group on 14.12.2013

The Galah, also known as the Rose-breasted Cockatoo, Galah Cockatoo, Roseate Cockatoo or Pink and Grey, is one of the most common and widespread cockatoos, and it can be found in open country in almost all parts of mainland Australia.

It is endemic on the mainland and was introduced to Tasmania, where its distinctive pink and grey plumage and its bold and loud behaviour make it a familiar sight in the bush and increasingly in urban areas. It appears to have benefited from the change in the landscape since European colonisation and may be replacing the Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo in parts of its range.

Galahs are found in all Australian states, and are absent only from the driest areas and the far north of Cape York Peninsula. It is still uncertain whether they are native to Tasmania, though they are locally common today, especially in urban areas. They are common in some metropolitan areas, for example Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne, and common to abundant in open habitats which offer at least some scattered trees for shelter. The changes wrought by European settlement, a disaster for many species, have been highly beneficial for the galah because of the clearing of forests in fertile areas and the provision of stock watering points in arid zones.
Flocks of galahs will often congregate and forage on foot for food in open grassy areas.

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I have always had a love of capturing images and in my early teens took many photographs on my little Kodak camera. I loved the wild open spaces and bird life in particular and longed to be able to be an accomplished photographer. It took ill health and a forced early retirement to re-kindle this love of photography. I am a self-taught amateur photographer who has had no formal training. I take great pride and joy in my work and these days have the time to pursue this wonderful hobby.

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  • SarahJanesCards
    SarahJanesCardsabout 1 year ago

    lovely – this is a great range of photos with these birds :)

  • Thank you very much Sarah for your nice comment and fav.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • LouiseDem
    LouiseDemabout 1 year ago

    Absolutely gorgeous! You have captured this Galah beautifully Ralph.

  • Thank you so much Louise for the terrific comment and fav.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanabout 1 year ago

    Fabulous shot Ralph

  • Many thanks Jenny for the comment & fav.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Dean Cunningham
    Dean Cunninghamabout 1 year ago

    love it – wonderful pic ralph !

  • Thanks very much Dean for your comment and fav.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Margaret Stanton
    Margaret Stantonabout 1 year ago

    Wow! Just gorgeous!

  • Thank you Margaret for the lovely comment and fav.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 1 year ago

    A fine shot, that looks a heavy shower

  • Yes it was Kala, thanks a lot for your comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanabout 1 year ago

  • Thanks so much for the feature, Jenny.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...about 1 year ago

    A delightful, lively portrait of this galah!

  • Many thanks Celeste for the nice comment and fav. I’ve been trying to capture something different to the normal bird shots.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Dominika Aniola
    Dominika Aniolaabout 1 year ago


  • Thank you Dominika for the comment and fav.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 1 year ago

    December 14, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Thank you so very much Teresa for the feature and fav.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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