Smart Galah Gala, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Try to say that quickly. 3 times in a row?  Funny.

Colourful with setting sun rays @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Colourful with setting sun rays @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

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’.

Playful @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Playful @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

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.

Playful with cousins @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Playful with cousins @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Well, arguably, they do have a few silly moments.

Playful stage @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Playful stage @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Or playful rather?

Pine cone banquet @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Pine cone banquet @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Galahs frequent all around Australia. I have seen them in many different locations.

High wire @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

High wire @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

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.

Food for everyone @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Food for everyone @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Galahs don’t mind to mingle with other feathered friends.

Peaceful @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Peaceful @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

No matter what size.

Chased off @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Chased off @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Unless they draw the short end of the stick.

Social human distancing @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Social human distancing @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

They are certainly keeping a social distance from humans in the outdoors, that’s how clever they are.

Zoomed in @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Zoomed in @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Fortunately, I can opt for a good zoom on my camera. This makes photographic life a whole lot easier.

Walkabouts @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Walkabouts @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

These pink feathered friends are always on the move and incredibly hard to capture.

Keeping up @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Keeping up @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

I tried to keep up with them.

Pine cone tussle @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Pine cone tussle @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Galahs are vegan allrounders. Pine cone seeds seem to be irresistible for these birds, a highly nutritious diet.

Pine cones!@ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Pine cones!@ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

All that wooden cellulite is hard to chew at times.

Tough beak @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Tough beak @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

If the pine cones are too rough to cough, some fresh grass seeds go down well.

Double dinner @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Double dinner @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Conveniently, that’s what some pine cones are lying on.

Grass seed banquet @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Grass seed banquet @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Grass grows all year round and is, therefore, an important food source.

Wie chew? @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Wie chew? @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

What’s up ‘wid chew’? Galahs enjoy a stroll in the parklands. This always an amusing event.

Bonding @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Bonding @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

It is playful and strengthens their life-long bond.

Followers @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Followers @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Once a pair decided to forage on the ground level, other members of the flock gradually join in.

Watchful eyes @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Watchful eyes @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Strength and security in numbers is an important aspect of any galah.

Outstanding @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Outstanding @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Their pink appearance is unmissable in most places.

Mates for life @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Mates for life @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Galahs mate for life and are very affectionate.

Cleaning procedures @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Cleaning procedures @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This is often noticed when two love birds are going through their cleaning process.

Sneak a beak @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Sneak a beak @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A scratching beak is not only a welcoming but desirable gesture.

Who’s your favourite? @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Who’s your favourite? @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Facial expressions speak louder than words.

My turn @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

My turn @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This favour is then happily returned with interest.

Still scratchy @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Still scratchy @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This delightful behaviour goes on for a while. Awww.

Underbody colours @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Underbody colours @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The most fascinating impression of the galah is its complexions in pink and grey.

Colour complexion @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Colour complexion @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

These are interestingly varied in different parts of their body.

Fading colours @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Fading colours @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Bright sunlight fades these colours into a single pattern.

Shadow spectrum @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Shadow spectrum @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Softer lights, like shadows, display the colour scope clearer.

A rare underbody view @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A rare underbody view @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Even the underbody feathers differ greatly from one another.

Front and back view @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Front and back view @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The head is lighter in colour than the saturated pink neck.

Flaming Galah @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Flaming Galah @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

And there you have it! A ‘flaming galah gala’.

Double flames @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Double flames @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Or even two.

Shining brightly @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Shining brightly @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The fading rays of the sinking sun give these birds a torch-like appearance on a high wire.

Spinning out @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Spinning out @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

His playful nature may look like a spinning torch at this time of day. The ‘flaming galah’ got his name from his glowing appearance.

Fooled us all! @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Fooled us all! @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Only his sympathetic attitude was understood as foolish. Who fooled who? 

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