Try to say that quickly. 3 times in a row? Funny.
A ‘flaming galah’ is in Ozzie slang, not exactly a compliment. It translates more or less to the German word ‘Dorf-trottel’, which means something like ‘village idiot’.
But there is nothing ludicrous about these clever birds. Some galahs are known to speak English in captivity, as much as I dislike that idea.
Well, arguably, they do have a few silly moments.
Or playful rather?
Galahs frequent all around Australia. I have seen them in many different locations.
Super flocks can group in smaller towns and occupy kilometres of electricity wires. They often gather around sunset, converting the high wire to a colourful and noisy gala. This was only a small flock in Woolgoolga. Imagine trying to sleep with that racket background noise.
Galahs don’t mind to mingle with other feathered friends.
No matter what size.
Unless they draw the short end of the stick.
They are certainly keeping a social distance from humans in the outdoors, that’s how clever they are.
Fortunately, I can opt for a good zoom on my camera. This makes photographic life a whole lot easier.
These pink feathered friends are always on the move and incredibly hard to capture.
I tried to keep up with them.
Galahs are vegan allrounders. Pine cone seeds seem to be irresistible for these birds, a highly nutritious diet.
All that wooden cellulite is hard to chew at times.
If the pine cones are too rough to cough, some fresh grass seeds go down well.
Conveniently, that’s what some pine cones are lying on.
Grass grows all year round and is, therefore, an important food source.
What’s up ‘wid chew’? Galahs enjoy a stroll in the parklands. This always an amusing event.
It is playful and strengthens their life-long bond.
Once a pair decided to forage on the ground level, other members of the flock gradually join in.
Strength and security in numbers is an important aspect of any galah.
Their pink appearance is unmissable in most places.
Galahs mate for life and are very affectionate.
This is often noticed when two love birds are going through their cleaning process.
A scratching beak is not only a welcoming but desirable gesture.
Facial expressions speak louder than words.
This favour is then happily returned with interest.
This delightful behaviour goes on for a while. Awww.
The most fascinating impression of the galah is its complexions in pink and grey.
These are interestingly varied in different parts of their body.
Bright sunlight fades these colours into a single pattern.
Softer lights, like shadows, display the colour scope clearer.
Even the underbody feathers differ greatly from one another.
The head is lighter in colour than the saturated pink neck.
And there you have it! A ‘flaming galah gala’.
Or even two.
The fading rays of the sinking sun give these birds a torch-like appearance on a high wire.
His playful nature may look like a spinning torch at this time of day. The ‘flaming galah’ got his name from his glowing appearance.
Only his sympathetic attitude was understood as foolish. Who fooled who?