Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Wild Bird Wednesday 17 - Long-billed Corella

As I mentioned in my last WBW post I have been spending a bit of time in a newish area of bushland near my house.

On this walk I bumped into two Long-Billed Corellas (Cactua tenirostris). The were walking through the long grass by the side of the path, eating the seeds from the newly set seeds.  At first they were very shy and would not let me get very close at all.  In the end they seemed to work out that I was not a threat and they settled down.  A few minutes after they let me get in range they were threatened by a pair of magpies and they flew off!

They were great birds to watch - they have a stiff legged walking style - and kind of parrot goose-step really.  For a bird of there size (about 40cm) they seemed to be very delicate in the way they harvested the seeds.






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46 comments:

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

Wow this is Adorable. I would be so excited to see one of these roaming in my country side.

So sweet. Great photography.

beautiful white and I love the beak.

TexWisGirl said...

bizarre looking birds! i'll be joining in tomorrow.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

These are fantastic! I've never seen anything like it. Bet you were happy to have the chance to photograph them. Hope I see a bird this week so I can participate again.

Brian King said...

What a beautiful bird! Love the eyes! I'll be linking tomorrow.

mick said...

Great photos of the Corellas. I have only seen Little Corellas around here - and they are so very noisy!

eileeninmd said...

Hi Stewart, the Corellas are beautiful birds. I love your photos, great shot! Thanks for sharing and for hosting another week of WBW!

Hanne Bente said...

Nice pictures you show a beautiful Parrot.
Hanne Bente

Neil said...

Beautiful Corellas good to find a new place to go birding.

Rustic Vintage Country said...

So lovely, what a beautiful bird! Can I pick your brains please? Ok I'm going to have to admit defeat with blogger which I hate doing, but it's driving me crazy this morning! How do you add a slideshow to the sidebar please, pretty please!!! It just will not work for me and as far as I'm aware you are the only one I've seen using this.

Crafty Gardener said...

What a lovely bird. We don't see them up here in Canada.

Kerri said...

Oh I LOVE his eyes!!!

Rustic Vintage Country said...

Ignore my earlier request, I've worked it out now :)

Carletta said...

They stayed around long enough for you to get some wonderful shots!
I wish we had anything comparable to these in the wild - lovely birds!
I really like that blue eye surrounded by the orange like feathers.
Thanks for hosting Stewart!

Dave said...

They look almost Leucistic.... great find tho Stewart

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Im fascinated by the corella's beautiful eyes. Must really be fun to watch them as you describe their walk!

Johnny Nutcase said...

these guys are adorable - looks like they have a ton of personality. Awesome photos :)

Andrew said...

Amazing birds to see in the wild Stewart...

Rajesh said...

Very pretty bird.

Liz said...

Lovely images, Stewart!
I have captured Corellas but not in the best light. These are great!!

NatureFootstep said...

the bills don´t seem to be that long. It is the colors that are so intriguing. (ouch, how does it spell?)

HOOTIN ANNI said...

the eyes...they're incredible!!!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Wow, what a neat experience, being able to be so close to such grand looking birds. I love this series and I was trying to imagine how they walked in your description...fun times being in the wilds of nature~

Findlay Wilde said...

They have very strange looking eyes. From Findlay

Wally Jones said...

Great images! My, what big eyes they have! The better to see the seeds. -Wally

Connie Smiley said...

Great shots, and how fun! I love their fixed smiles.

Carole M. said...

quirky little guys aren't they; I see them occasionally up here too; nice shots Stewart

bettyl said...

How gorgeous! Their eyes look like cockatoos on steroids.

Kusum Sanu said...

I have seen this bird for the first time! Looks like a toy with its big eyes. Thanks for sharing.

Becky said...

What a cool bird. Wonder if they make good pets?

pattisjarrett said...

The eye and red markings make this one unique bird.

Larry said...

Very interesting birds Stewart! Those blue naked skin eyes are amazing.

Phil said...

An interesting species and good shots of it there Stewart. As you know we don't get any parrot types here unless you count the Ring-necked Parrakeet which has now established a population in the wild.

Phil said...

Forgot to say, thanks for hosting the gallery. Cheers.

phylliso said...

They look like our pet parrots the cockatoos.Such happy looking birds,what a treat to get that close to them !They indeed look like they are being careful getting every little seed.Thanks for sharing & for being our host,I`ve missed a few weeks,phyllis in Pa ,USA

bailey-road.com said...

Wonderful shots of these lovely birds.

Andrea said...

I came over to comment on others posts and discovered that I wasn't linked ... hmmm. I must have forgotten ... so sorry. I do remember looking at your Corella's and thinking how beautiful they were. Your pictures are great, of course. It wasn't obvious how big they were until you mentioned it in your info ... very nice. Nice that you are finding things close to home. We have a dearth of wildlife now because everyone is migrating south. Many of the birds that do winter here are birds that have come down from north of us. I saw my first Junco yesterday and they are a sure sign that winter is near. Great post, Stewart. Have a great week ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

Gillian Olson said...

That is a great looking bird, what a face!

Modesto Viegas said...

Nice birds!!!
Regards,

Pam :) said...

Great shots, Stewart. I love the color of those amazing eyes.
Thanks for hosting WBW.

thirtysevenandcounting said...

What a beautiful bird! I love the colors around its eyes.

I'm joining in - I saw the link on bettyl's blog.

edenhills said...

That bird doesn't even look real. I love it!

Island Rambles Blog said...

they are amazing Stewart, wish I could walk out back and see that...I wonder what a close up of their eye and beak would be like, such a weird eye. thanks for sharing the wonderful birds of your area and thank goodness you have this bird meme or what would I do each week!!

ladyfi said...

What fabulous bird shots!

Maurizio Riccio said...

You definitely have some amazing birds in Australia...

Maurizio Riccio said...

You definitely have some amazing birds in Australia...

SandyCarlson said...

Your birds are wonderful. So good to stop here. Thanks, Stewart!