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Old Jan 7, 2011, 1:28 AM   #1
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Default [pics] Galah amongst the leaves

After I departed Healsville Sanctuary, I headed over to the nearby Maroondah Reservoir, one of my favourite birding locations.

As the weather was a little on the ordinary side, there wasn’t many people about, which was a bonus for me as it meant I had the birds all to myself. I came across a small flock of Galahs feeding on grass seeds & seedpods amongst decaying leaves.

This Galah is a female of the species, sexed by the red iris. The male Galahs iris is black.

June 27th, 2010
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Old Jan 11, 2011, 5:18 AM   #2
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This male (sexed by the black iris), was sitting in a nearby tree keeping an eye on my movements around the flock. As long as I kept low to the ground & moved slowly he didn’t alert the other Galahs to take flight.

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.....what a pretty bird. The photo of the male is superb in color, composition and, of course, subject.

Thanks for all your posts of birds we've never seen in Texas, USA.
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I second what Bob said (well, maybe not the Texas part ).

And, with the torrential rain on the east side of Australia are you OK?

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And, with the torrential rain on the east side of Australia are you OK?
Yes thanks Ted, the whole South-East side of Australia has been experiencing unbelievable rains.. I'm one of the lucky ones who hasn't been directly affected.
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Yes thanks Ted, the whole South-East side of Australia has been experiencing unbelievable rains.. I'm one of the lucky ones who hasn't been directly affected.
Cable TV in the US has a dedicated Weather Channel that is reporting the flooding conditions in eastern Australia but unless one is very familiar with Australian States its not easy for us to determine what's happening where.

They are saying that the damage so far, is estimated at $5 Billion. Presumably that's Australian dollars but when you get up that high I doubt the exchange rate matters very much.

Jeeez.

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They are saying that the damage so far, is estimated at $5 Billion. Presumably that's Australian dollars but when you get up that high I doubt the exchange rate matters very much.
Especially when the dollars are almost at parity.

Estimates within the country are as much as $10 billion.

Check out this link for some incredible satellite images before and after the floods:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/infograph...eforeafter.htm
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Adam: thank you for the link. It's hard to believe the amount of flooding that has covered such wide areas. We are glad that you have so far escaped the direct hit.
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What a unique bird. Nicely captured, too.
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