Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Wild Bird Wednesday 165 - Galah

Just to carry on with the bright colours for WBW, this week I have some shots of Galahs.  Here is my attempt to explain how that word sounds!  The 'Ga' at the start makes the same sound as the 'G' at the start of 'gull' and 'lah' is the same as in do, rae, me! Which get you to G-lah!

Anyway, enough of such things.  The Galah is found over almost all of Australia, with it only being absent from a small part of Tasmania.  Its formal name Eolophus roseicapillus references its 'rosy haired' crest, which makes it somewhat more appropriate than last week bird where the name overlooks the fact that the bird is bright red!

The combination of greys and pinks on this bird is, to say the least, attractive.  These birds seem to be feeding on the roots or possible new germinated grass seeds.

Although these pictures were taken at (wait for it!) Wilsons Promontory National Park, these birds were a lot less acclimated to people than the Rosellas from last week.  In fact, they were a little bit flighty and it took a good while to get close to them.  This set of pictures resulted in muddy knees, although I am unsure why I feel the need to tell you this!





Once more it comes to the part of the post where I invite you to click on the blue button and join in with WBW - so, over to you!  SM

40 comments:

Sharon Wagner said...

I'm the first one today! The Galahs are so pretty. And I like your animals on the last post too. Australia has some interesting characters.

Karen said...

I love these little pink birds. Up around Quorn and Hawker, we saw hundreds of these birds in trees in the early mornings. I had one as a pet (rescued bird) when I lived in SA. You got some great shots.

Silver Parrot said...

So jealous that you get to see parrots in the wild! These are so pretty, too. Great shots - worth the muddy knees!

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

They have an unusual yet very pleasant distribution of their colors. Very nice images of the G-(do re mi fa sol)-lahs!

Margaret Adamson said...

Are muddy knees normal for birders to have? Love all the shots and thanks for hosting Stewart

eileeninmd said...

Hello Stewart, the Galahs are beautiful birds. Wonderful photos! Thank you for hosting WW! Enjoy your week ahead!

Christian Weiß said...


The muddy knees were worth it, great photos and birds.

Christian Weiß said...


The muddy knees were worth it, great photos and birds.

Hannah said...

It's hard to imagine living somewhere with such exotic birds. I am a biologist so I would doubtless love it there, I see why you would stalk the birds on your knees to get your great shots, Stewart. I'm sowing grass seed now so I'm envisioning such colorful birds coming and eating it all.;-)

BumbleVee said...

oh, how cute are these guys....

TexWisGirl said...

they're SO pretty! love their color combination!

Lee said...

Eating does totally occupy one's attention even when you're a bird!

Connie Smiley said...

Seems like that color combination was popular in the 60"s. It really works on those birds. Great shots, and good writing with its muddy detail.

Marcia said...

Cute. What are they eating? Seeds? Insects? Grass?

Brian King said...

Beautiful birds! Love the pastel colors!

mick said...

Great photos - I think Galahs are such fun to watch!

Breathtaking said...

Hello Stewart!:) Nice work, these Galahs are so pretty, love their colours. No contribution from me this week stewart, I'm running low on bird captrures.

Jo said...

The Galah has an bishop-like look! Great images. Thanks for sharing and for hosting this meme. I'm linking now Greetings Jo (South Africa)

Anni said...

I would LOVE to see these in real time!!!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

awwwwwwwww

no fair you get all those colorful cuties!!

Andrea Priebe said...

Oh my, another "Common" bird that I have never seen before. Does this ever end? This one is the cutest of them though, I have to say, and if
the name weren't so hard to pronounce, I think they would be my favorite (at least for the time being, until you come up with another dandy). And muddy knees, really Stewart ... do you think we don't know already what you go through to get us these amazing pictures? I bet your lovely wife wasn't too happy with those muddy knees unless you are a modern man who does his own laundry. All in all, I love this post, just like all your other posts.

Andrea @ From The Sol

June Caedmon said...

So nice to see these beauties in the wild rather than behind cage bars! They are such sweet little 'toos!

Missy George said...

We need to know how hard you work for your wonderful pictures. We can't just think that they walk up to you and say "take my picture!".Such colorful little birdies they are. Thanks for sharing ,Stewart. We appreciate all that you go through to get this fantastic pictures. Thanks again.

DeniseinVA said...

They are sweet looking little birds and I do love their colors. You took outstanding photos Stewart.

Phyllis Oller said...

I love viewing these birds in the wild , can`t upload my pictures to my blog, so unable to share till I figure it out! Have a great rest of the week! Phyllis

Linda said...

Neat looking bird! Thanks for sharing.

GreenComotion said...

That's one very beautiful bird, Stewart. I am reminded of a pair of Fisher's Lovebirds I had once.
Have a Great Day!
Peace :)

Liz said...

Great shots Stewart! I do love Galahs!

CountryMouse said...

Gorgeous! I love galahs but don't see them much here. They do tend to be a little more cautious than some of the other parrots but are happy to watch you from the trees above, I've found. A great collection of photos.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Great shots of these beautiful birds!

nattsyrransphoto said...

Great shots of these really cute birds :)

David Gascoigne said...

I know that Galahs are considered pests by some, but they are gorgeous birds, and who can blame them for taking advantages of the smorgasbord agriculture provides for them.

diane b said...

Great shots of the G-lah worth getting muddy knees.

Bethany Carson said...

Beautiful shots of the galahs! We are very grateful you were unafraid to get muddy!

Wally Jones said...

Beautiful birds, Stewart!
If you don't get muddy, sandy or bloody then you're not a bird photographer!

Chris Rohrer said...

Whenever I see the colors of this bird, I think of sherbert. Just saying:)

Vineeta Yashswi said...

Its so beautiful... This is absolutely new for me Stewart...

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

So colorful .... You guys have the best birds! I for one would never be tired of your Prom pictures!

Andrea said...

I am smitten with the galahs during my first visit to Sydney decades ago. However, i wondered why my last visit in December i didn't see any. Of course i saw the rainbow lorikeets, the ibis, common in parks, but i didn't see any galah. I remember a few of them at the grounds of Mcquarie University before, and at the city park. Oh i missed them.

Marie C said...

It's a gorgeous bird, Stewart! Please forgive me for missing out these last two weeks! First I went on a four-day cruise, then after being home about four days, my computer crashed! I have been waiting to get back on here! I missed linking in to last week's WBW with the Cooper's Hawk pictures when the crash happened the day before. I'm going to add that link as an "extra" post this week just in case there are people who haven't seen it. Whew! This week has been torture without a computer! :-)