Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Sunday Selections #95

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock,  as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files. 

The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.

The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.

Like River I generally run with a theme.  We had rain this week.  Quite a lot of wonderful rain.  I loved it, and I could see the garden drinking deeply.  Some of the birds who visit us may not have been as happy with the moisture as I was...






Now that is a very, very wet galah.  It didn't have any effect on his appetite though.  The galah left, and a Corella came to the feeder.  And what a Corella.  We can only assume that he was feeding beside the road when a truck or a car drove through a puddle showering him with muddy water.







Again, it didn't have any impact on his appetite.

A pair of truly woeful looking birds.

I am a softie at heart, so I have also included a video of canoodling galahs.  I was standing at the loungeroom window with my camera so the sound effects are, sadly, from the television.

68 comments:

  1. What lovely photos, and the video is so cute :)

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    1. Jackie: Welcome and thank you. I loved the galahs, I thought that their affection was both evident and touching.

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  2. A couple of bedraggled birds, but then love wins the day! I enjoyed the pictures and the video very much. :-)

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    1. DJan: Thank you - I am glad that you could view the video this time, and that you liked both.

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  3. Do you have a birdbath so they can tidy up after their snack?

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    1. mybabyjohn/Delores: We have recently installed a bird bath/drinking station out of reach of the neigbourhood's cats, but so far the birds have rejected it.

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  4. Poor Galah is certainly not impressed with being drenched to the bone and the canoodling Galahs are very cute to.

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    1. Windsmoke: Drenched to the bone it was. I have rarely seen a bird quite that wet.

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  5. I'm glad your garden's thirst was quenched! Love Galahs, even wet ones. Cute video.

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    1. Karen: Someone once told me that you can keep plants alive by watering them, but rain is needed if they are to grow. I think there is an element of truth in it. We love galahs too.

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  6. Dear EC, I don't think I've ever seen such rain-drenched birds before! And those "canoodling galahs" made me smile. Thank you for sharing. Peace.

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    1. Dee: They were absolutely sodden weren't they? And yet, such very wet birds are a rarity. I wonder where they go? I am glad the canoodling birds made you smile - we did too.

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  7. Love your friends and the world you show us!


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    1. Cloudia: Thank you - we love our friends as well. Damp or dirty or not.

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  8. Having a 'bad feather' day, it seems.

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    1. J Cosmo Newbery: I like that - and yes it was. For both of them.

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  9. That video is so cute!!! The dirty birds are still pretty adorable too!!

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    1. One Too Many: They were a very loving pair weren't they?

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  10. There is a world wide shortage of canoodling! We should promote it at every opportunity!

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  11. You made a hit with canoodling...we could do with lots of it, especially when one is wet and cold, and need comfort.

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    1. Susan Kane: A little canoodling is always welcome.

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  12. Awww, the poor wet cocky! And the muddy corella. I don't think I've ever seen a muddy wild bird before, although I have seen muddy chickens and ducks.

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    1. River: We have seen very wet galahs before, but never a muddy corella. As I said, I think he was probably eating grass seeds on the edge of the road and got splashed. Severely.

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  13. Things that constantly amaze me: 1) Your photo talents, 2) the fact that you seem to live in a wildlife refuge, and 3) the fact that they let you get so close.

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    1. Riot Kitty: Thank you. The camera takes much of the credit for the photos. We feed the birds, and so they come to visit. And because we feed them they trust us - to some extent. We are very, very lucky in the range of birds that visit. We are also lucky that there are kangaroos nearby.

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  14. I second what Riot Kitty says!!! The photos are amazing!!!!! The colors and shapes and crests on the heads! WOW! And what an incredibly dirty corella. Do they "shake" like a dog to get rid or water and dirt?

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    1. Nicky HW: Thank you. A good camera. That poor galah. So wet and so hungry. I think the corella would have had to wait until it was dry and then groom, groom, groom. I hope other birds helped as well. One came by today that was grubby, but not filthy so perhaps he/she still has some more grooming to do.

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  15. More amazing bird photos, so wonderful to see all the colorful birds that come so close for you to take their photos, wish we'd get some rain here, been too dry, but sunny is nice.

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    1. Linda Starr: I always welcome the rain. Quite recently we had an eight year drought and lost so much. Huge trees, habitat for wild animals, food for the birds and the animals...

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  16. What amazing shots of these waterlogged beauties!

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    1. ladyfi: Despite their sad states, they are beautiful. Or are beautiful to bird obsessed me.

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  17. Superb! I must confess I had never heard of either of these birds, so thanks for educating me a little more. The video: absolutely delightful. Again, grateful thanks.

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    1. Dave King: Both of these birds look much, much better when they are dry.

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  18. I love the galah! Red... beautiful!!

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    1. Sherri: When the galah is dry he/she would return to soft greys and pinks - a very pretty bird.

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  19. That wet Galah made me laugh. In the first photo he looks so slumped and fed up . . . and then, as if he's noticed you taking pictures, he's made the effort to straighten up and raise his crest!
    I hope life is treating you both kindly x x

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    1. bugerlugs63: We laughed as well. And the skinny portion's sister said that both of them had to be boys - because food was their first priority. (She has recently escaped the bottomless pit years with her boys). We are ok. How about you?

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    1. Adam: He/she does stand out in all the wet and misery of the day there.

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  21. Wonderful photos of birds unlike anything I have ever seen in my Scottish garden! If they do arrive I will know that climate change really is kicking in :)

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    1. Don QuiScottie: Climate change or escapees. Galahs at least are not uncommonly caged (wrong, wrong, wrong).

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  22. I have not heard of the galahs before...love the cuddling they do

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    1. Kim @ Stuff could...: They were really smooching for quite a while there. Lovely to watch from the loungeroom window.

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  23. Lovely birdies so sweet and cute...with their wet feathers. Beautiful glimpses :).

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    1. unikorna: Thank you. Both galahs and corellas look more beautiful dry and clean, but I was interested to see them this way as well.

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  24. They are interesting and lovely birds, and those are great photos!

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    1. DeniseinVA: We are so lucky to see so many of our native birds. Often six or more species in a day. A privilege.

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  25. Oh - love that! It must be so wonderful to have exotic bird visits like that. (Although not exotic where you live, I guess.)

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    1. Lynn: Not exotic no, but very, very welcome.

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  26. Those are some drenched birds! I tried to watch the video clip but it wouldn't play for me for some reason. Love that word, "canoodling".

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    1. Ron Dudley: Preening is a more accurate description, but canoodling captured the mood better.

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  27. My hair gets like that bird in the first one if I shower right before bed. I sympathize.

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    1. Jphn Wiswell: My partner says that they look like dinosaurs when they have their crests up. They just make me smile. Often.

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    1. Melissa Ann Goodwin: They are a source of never-ending delight to us.

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  29. How wonderful! That wet galah brought a smile to my face...what a galah...me and the bird! ;)

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  30. The video of the "canoodling" birds was so sweet (love that word). It warms my heart when I see animals being loving toward each other, or playing together.

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    1. jenny_o: It was simply lovely to watch. I suppose they were just preening each other - but it looked soooo loving.

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    1. runningfromhellwithel: Untidy, rumpled, dirty birds - but yes it was.

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  32. A very, very wet - and bedraggled - galah indeed! Still beautiful, though. I should look so good with my hair plastered by rain! :-)

    I'd like to think the Corella was fresh from enjoying a mud wrap at the local Spa, rather than being splashed with mud by a passing car!

    "Canoodling" is a great word, and I enjoyed that sweet, affectionate video. (But what is this, I heard American accents on your telly! How disappointing!) :-)

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    1. Laloofah: I like the idea of the mud wrap at the Spa. There is one not far away as well.

      Sadly, we don't hear Australian accents (ugly as they are) on television often enough. American or English mostly. I love some of the English accents though.

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  33. What a treat to see these magnificent birds. I love their colorful feathers. You certainly are lucky.

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    1. Pam:): We are, and we know it. It is a privilege to have them visit.

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  34. What beautiful if somewhat damp and bedraggled, birds! Love the pair of canoodlers....Looks like you live in the middle of a rain forest!

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    1. Molly: No, not a rainforest - dry sclerophyl country. We had some nice rain the day of the photos and neither bird seemed to cope very well. And yes, the canoodlers were a treat.

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