Thursday, 2 October 2008

SkyWatch Friday



SkyWatch Friday




Galahs feeding on the small, hard cones of the Casuarina tree, also called Sheoak;



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The Galah, Eolophus roseicapilla
, is also known as the Rose-breasted Cockatoo or Galah Cockatoo. It is one of the most common and widespread cockatoos, and it can be found in open country in almost all parts of mainland Australia.
It is endemic in Australia (including Tasmania), where its distinctive pink and grey plumage and its bold and loud behaviour make it a familiar sight in the bush and increasingly in urban areas.

Commonly known as the she-oak,, ironwood, or beefwood, casuarinas are commonly grown in tropical and subtropical areas throughout the world. The tree has delicate, slender ultimate branches and leaves that are no more than scales, making the tree look more like a wispy conifer. The plants are very tolerant of windswept locations, and are widely planted as wind-breaks.

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Photo:T.S.











32 comments:

Linda said...

I don't think I have seen them do that before.

I have an award to pass on to you at my blog.

Sandradb said...

It's great to see Galah Cockatoo in its' natural environment. Here, in Croatia, we can only see those scenes in the zoo.

Webradio said...

Bonjour à Toi...
J'aime bien les perroquet !
Il y en a eu qui se sont perdus chez moi une fois...

Lovely birds, and nice photos...
See You letar.

Denise said...

How wonderful to have these beautiful birds flying into your garden. Thank you for the beautiful photos.

Sunita said...

No wonder you spend so much time in your garden! Your Galahs are gorgeous!
Is it coincidental? I've got a Casuarina tree (your she-oak) in my garden and all the parrots love to sit on its thin branches and jounce with the breeze. We call it our Bird Swing!

Barbara said...

Ich finde einfach keine Uebersetzung dieses Sheoak Casuarina Baums. Aber er sieht wunderschön aus mit seinen silbrigen, feinen Aestchen (fast wie wenn Schnee auf ihm läge). Und der Vogel (eine Papageienart nehme ich an) hat in diesem Baum ein wunderbares und sicheres Versteck. Du steckst schon mitten im Freitag und wir haben erst Donnerstagabend, deshalb war es für mich ein SkyWatch Thursday ;-) !!
Es liebs Grüessli, Barbara

Pia K said...

Adorable parrot, such a lovely capture with that red chest and the green nature backdrop!

Maria said...

Great pictures of the Galah Cockatoo! Thank you!

Max-e said...

Nice to see these birds in the wild Titania. I always associate them as caged birds and I hate seeing them caged.

SandyCarlson said...

Thanks for the view of the bird that live in that amazing skyscape!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Both the tree and bird look so exotic to my eyes!
Happy Sky Watch!

Photo Cache said...

Interesting shot. Lovely capture.

Pearl Maple said...

Wonderful photo for sky watch friday celebrating all the beauty of the skies down under.

Thanks for sharing your photos and your kind comments on my post earlier.

Gill - That British Woman said...

that's a great photo.....

Gill

reluctantfarmchik said...

Amazing capture - very nicely done.

Ann said...

Great shot of the galah in the tree. Lovely soft colours.

Carletta said...

He's a gorgeous creature!
I agree with Sandradb - good to see it naturally.
Great photos.

Inkivääri said...

Beautiful bird, sky and 'rastatree':)

Kanak Hagjer said...

So striking, loved both the photos! Your last Sky watch photos were stunning too!

Old Wom Tigley said...

What a fantastic posting this is... a great Sky Watch picture and stunning picture of the bird in question.. great info as well..

sisah said...

Was für ein schönes Foto, exotisch fremd und faszinierend für mich.Ich habe bei Wikipedia geschaut, weil ich diesen Baum so attraktiv finde mit seinen nadelartigen Blättern. Ich konnte kaum glauben, dass er zu den Buchenartigen gehört.http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kasuarinen
Die Kasuarine und der so schön gezeichnete Rosakakadu sind ein schönes Paar, hast Du noch mehr Fotos davon, ich bin ganz begeistert!
LG
Sisah

Greyscale Territory said...

Such lovely pics of our Australian galah and the she-oak!

Since the arrival of Spring, my Mornington Peninsula is alm ost inun dated with galahs and cockatoos and ducks!

I always think the she-oak looks like an answer to the willow in its weeping habit!

Bonnie Story said...

Congratulations on your Blotanical win - that is wonderful. What lovely birds!!! You definitely have a way with the camera. Fun blog!! Thanks for sharing. I'll be back!! Bonnie

Laura ~Peach~ said...

beautiful I have a friend in Sydney who sends me photos of the wild birds that come to his yard I love the Laurakeets! :)

Arija said...

Wish my galahs would go for cassuarina seeds rather than stripping the almond trees! Notice that you have things flowering early this year, my flowering cherry (commonly called Oma's birthday tree), refused, for the first time in 40yrs, to flower for my birthday. To date it had had the first blossom or the last or the gamut in between on Sept 25. Not this year, just tight buds.
Enjoy skywatch, do you go to daylight saving tomorrow too?

ellen b said...

Oh I've never seen this bird or that great tree before. Thank you so much for all the information...

MedaM said...

Fantastic sky watch photo; lovely blue sky, interesting lifeless branches and beautiful birds that I’ve never seen in private! Just great!

Anne-Berit said...

Beautiful bird,and to have those in your garden must be wonderful.Thanks for visiting!

Rusty in Miami said...

Interesting birds, we see anything like that in my area. Thanks for stopping by my blog

Michele Lee said...

What a great picture! Thanks for sharing a bit of the exotic with a Kentucky girl :)

Titania said...

Thank you to everybody for great comments.

vincibene said...

What a surprise! I´ve never seen before cockatoos in the wilderness.
Beautiful!