Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Gorgeous Galahs are at home in Highfields Reserve

I happened to spot this beautiful Galah emerging from a large tree hollow in a eucalyptus tree at the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve.  This hollow was located closer to the Rogers Drive side of the reserve and the Galah was up very high.  The bird happily sat at the entry of its home while I took a few photos.

The Galah is one of the most abundant and familiar of the Australian parrots, occurring over most of Australia. The term galah is derived from gilaa, a word found in Yuwaalaraay and neighbouring Aboriginal languages. Also known as the "Rose-breasted Cockatoo", Galah's feed on seeds from the ground and will travel long distances for food. The galah nests in tree cavities. The eggs are white and there are usually two or five in a clutch. The eggs are incubated for about. 25 days, and both the male and female share the incubation. The chicks leave the nest about 49 days after hatching. Galahs, like all birds in the Cockatoo family form permanant pairs, meaning they mate for life.

(Reference source:  birdsinbackyards.com.au, galahs.com.au)

Galah (Eolophus roseicapillus) in natural tree hollow at Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve, Highfields.

The galah was up so high, I couldn't capture the whole tree in one photo, so this is the top section to show more of the height and size of the tree in which the hollow resides at Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve, Highfields.

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