Female Galah. Cedar Creek, Queensland, Australia.  by Ralph de Zilva

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Nikon D700 & Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G lens + Nikon 1.7X Teleconverter
Manfrotto 681B Monopod

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he 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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  • Dominika Aniola
    Dominika Aniolaover 1 year ago

    A princess. :)

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

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randallover 1 year ago

    Featured Friday 26 Oct 2012

    Beautiful Work

  • Thanks very much, Steve. Much appreciated.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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

    What a pretty girl she is, and you’ve captured her with excellent detail in a pleasing natural setting.

  • Thanks so much, Celeste for that terrific comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Jacqueline van Zetten
    Jacqueline van...over 1 year ago

    Gorgeous Ralph!!! Congrats!!! Jackie:)

  • Thanks very much, Jackie for lovely comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Meg Hart
    Meg Hartover 1 year ago

    Beautiful lady! I believe you can only tell the sex of a galah by the colour of it’s iris. Well done Ralph!

  • Thank you, Meg. Yes, the female has a red eye and the male has black.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Margaret Stanton
    Margaret Stantonover 1 year ago

    What a cutie, great capture.

  • Thanks so much, Margaret for your comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 1 year ago

  • Thanks ray.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • dilouise
    dilouiseover 1 year ago

    A wonderful capture, she’s a beauty, the detail in the feathers is gorgeous.

  • Thank you kindly, Dilouise for the lovely comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayover 1 year ago

    Lovely shot Ralph, galahs are such great birds! :O)

  • Yes they sure are, Vanessa. Thanks so much for your comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Tammera
    Tammeraover 1 year ago


  • Thank you kindly, Tammera for the feature and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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