Tuesday, May 31, 2011

World Bird Wednesday - Little Corellas.

I was on my way to work on Friday when I found this flock of Little Corellas feasting on the seed pods of some Liquid Amber trees. I was only five minutes from home, so I went back to get the camera – ah the joys of flexi-time!












The birds were utterly confident that they were in change and on one occasion I had to shoo them out of the way of a passing car. These are rather talkative birds, and at times the place was very noisy. This is the first time I’ve seen flocks of corellas on the ground in Melbourne, although I have been seeing and hearing them overhead for a number of weeks. In the past these birds were only really common in the west of the state, but they seem to have moved. I have to wonder if it’s a result of either the drought or the fact that the drought is over?







































You can find more world birds here, and you can see the latest post on my other blog by clicking the Paying Ready Attention link on the RHS of the page. Enjoy the birds.

17 comments:

texwisgirl said...

oh those are very cute. i can only imagine how noisy they'd be all together and eating. :)

Hilke Breder said...

I love the way they are smiling, enjoying their seedpods. And with the blue circles around their eyes they look like little clowns. Neat pics, Stewart!

Gary said...

They're real lookers Stewart!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

FjÀllripan said...

Wonderful birds and great captured! I cant imagine that it is possible to see them out on the street...:)

eileeninmd said...

Wow, how cute! I would have loved to have seen them. What a cool sighting. Great photos.

Inger-M said...

How wonderful to see such a large flock! Great captures. I love how they hold their food in one claw and eat from it!

Springman said...

Yes they are incredibly dexterous in a charming way handling those seed pods. These photos really look great enlarged Stewart, the detail is fantastic! A very pretty neighborhood to!

Martha Z said...

This is a great series, Stewart, I love the blue eye and the way they hold the seed pod.

mick said...

Great photo but I am rather glad they are not in my backyard - they are far too noisy!

holdingmoments said...

What a great sight to see Stewart.
The sort of bird we'd only see in a cage here; so nice to see them living free, as they should.

Sondra said...

What a dandy!! Love the photos.

Jean said...

Stewart, It is amazing to me that a flock of these birds posed for you....in the wild! Of course I live in the States so would never see such a sight. I love the info and the photos.

Arija said...

Love your little corellas. Except for one exceptional bird I have always found them rather elusive in the bush. I reared one from a naked nestling but that is another story.

You just let the air out of my beautiful ballon about Brisbane. There I was envisioning you sipping wine "while houries sat upon his knees" and you up and burst my bubble!

Arija said...

Gee, thanks for dumping a wet blanket on my imagination!

It is rather off to see them so far into the south-eastern corner of our continent. Even here, east of Adelaide one may occasionally see small flocks of very skittish birds now and then. I have seen them i large flocks in southern NSW in a massive flock about 600 strong. One normally expects to see them in the hot, dry grain growing districts with huge flocks of galahs.

They would be nice and cheerful in the parks and gardens if they were not so destructive to the trees.
What is Melbourne coming to with bats invading the Bot.Gdns., possum protectors on park trees, pigeons, sparrows and now little corellas!

Remembering the dead trees on the Diamentina at Birdsville, I hope they don't make themselves too comfortable in the city.

bailey-road.com said...

They are lovely birds! Those pods must be quite a delicacy to lure them out of the trees.

Amila Kanchana said...

Really cute things! Just to imagine a flock on your way,oh......

TexWisGirl said...

too funny! i was gonna comment that those are very cute! i see i already did that once before! :)