birding-aus Another Galah experience.

Subject: birding-aus Another Galah experience.
From: "Dylan O'Donnell" <>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 11:06:32 +1100

Birding Aus, 

Thanks to those comments about the chasing that raptors and other birds do.
I wasn't ever going to try and guess whether it was a peregrine or black but
Paul Mcdonalds comments about their ditinctive flight shapes will help next
time I see a similar sighting. 

Anyway I'm writing this because of a strange occurance yesterday morning. I
was awoken by about 100+ galahs in 5-6 trees just outside my bedroom window.
They were calling/screeching louder than usual and jumping about in what
reminded me of any boistrous football crowd. 

More so, I noticed that none of the trees they were in were native and they
were not feeding at all, only ripping 15-25cm segments of branches and
leaves off the tree and throwing them to the ground. 

Curious, I went outside to get a better view and walked right through the
scene as if I was invisible. The galahs paid me no heed whatsoever and some
even flew within a meter of me. I could sit, walk and observe from about
2-3ms. This continued for a good 20mins before they returned to their usual
place feeding on the ground in a neighbouring paddock with the Sulpher
Crested Cockatoos. 

I have seen Cockatoos get loud and fly about in groups before but nothing
like what these galahs were doing in these trees. Any ideas what its all about? 


Dylan O'Donnell

Soon to be offically released
Australian Digital Music Online

"I am a reflection, like the moon on the water..." 


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