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Galah. Cedar Creek, Qld, Australia. by Ralph de Zilva

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Manfrotto 681B Monopod

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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.


birds, nature, wildlife

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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  • dedmanshootn
    dedmanshootnalmost 2 years ago

    such a beauty, and perfct shot too ralph!

  • Thank you very much, Dave for your comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...almost 2 years ago

    The silken bokeh really lets this galah look its very best. Once again, you got a great pose, too!

  • As you would know, patience plays a big part in photography. Thanks Celeste for the very kind comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesalmost 2 years ago

    Lovely pose, color and dof!

  • Thanks very much for the terrific comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Dean Cunningham
    Dean Cunninghamalmost 2 years ago

    real nice ralph – great pic !

  • Thanks a lot for the comment and fave, Dean.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Margaret Stanton
    Margaret Stantonalmost 2 years ago

    So nice, what a beauty!

  • Thank you, Margaret.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 2 years ago

  • Thanks Ray.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Tracie Louise
    Tracie Louisealmost 2 years ago


  • Thanks so much, Tracie.

    – Ralph de Zilva

    DIZZYHEIGHTSalmost 2 years ago

    Brilliant image Ralph. The crisp pin sharp bird sure stands out from the blurred background. Congrats on the feature. Liz

  • Thank you Liz for the terrific comment. I captured this in the late afternoon light and I think that played a big part.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 2 years ago

    This is a beautiful image Ralph, well captured, I love the background it compliments the whole scene.

  • Thank you so much for the lovely comment, Andrea.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanalmost 2 years ago

  • Thank you so much, Jenny for the feature..

    – Ralph de Zilva

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