Someone turned 30 over the weekend and kindly left their balloon hanging dry in this Moreton Bay Fig-tree.
30 Corellas accepted their invitation for the after-party.
I can’t imagine the human celebration being more amusing than the one of these bright parrots.
It was a squeegeeing affair while bright white balloons were dangling from different branches.
This was the party I was never invited to. Until today.
If only my avatar would work under this tree of life.
But my camera did work and captured these areal acrobats superbly.
30 corellas were in such a cheerful manner, that it was incredibly difficult to keep up and focus with my camera.
Up-close and right above me! All within blue sunny skies. Wow. Just like that.
I couldn’t believe my eyes and my lens could hardly keep up on quick movements from the parrots.
A gusty onshore breeze added to the photographic difficulty.
As it sometimes occurs on parties I attended to, dinner and a few drinks are held in a different locality.
A warm-up session to get to know each other.
It appears that the same rules apply within this flock of entertainers.
These corellas had plenty eaten and sustained a sugar rush. Red Bull gives you white wings.
I couldn’t resist to rush back to Troopy and grab my trusted OM-D. These parrots were in such a joyful mood and showing off their party tricks.
That is actually an understatement. The whole flock was infected from a play-frenzy virus.
This spectacular Moreton Bay Fig-tree came alive with shiny bundles of joy on different limbs.
Screeching outcries easily over-toned the surf nearby.
The main attraction for these clowns was the birthday balloon.
Actually, two balloons hung on separate branches, but the other one had taken a corella beating already.
Only a few birds found enough interest for the piece of string.
I focused mainly on this deflated balloon, as it actually was the centre of attention within the flock.
While one corella was swinging with the velocity of the wind, bystanders watched on proceedings.
Until it was their turn to tackle the swing like an irresistible urge.
I have a few theories on why this colourful balloon caused a stir.
Corellas are naturally curious. Perhaps the balloons are seen as intruders and overstayed their welcome from last weekend. Such a shiny and spotless element fluttering in a corella’s domain is just irresistible.
Another thought that comes to mind is that the movements of the balloons intrigued and encouraged these corellas to join in.
The balloon functioned like a giant disco ball, swinging to the pulse of the wind. Inviting to dance along. The balloon was used for all sorts of parrot play. This light material was perfect for twirling in breezy conditions.
Some birds appeared like hanging birthday pavlovas served on a shiny balloon. Either way, the balloons sure took the interest for many parrots.
Not all corellas were smitten by this balloon and amused themselves otherwise.
It was just marvellous for me to hang around, observing this spectacle. Corellas certainly know how to hang around.
Some hung upside down like bats, posing for the camera.
There were a few show-offs, doing push-ups.
You can do it! It certainly looks remarkable.
It’s best not to lose their grip.
And then there were imposing corellas, dangling on their beaks only. I was lost for words. I never had the opportunity to watch and capture this captivating behaviour before. It was a mind bobbling extravaganza.
Grandma and granddad were surely delighted with ongoings.
They weren’t the only ones that kept to their seclusion.
In a quiet corner sat a loving pair.
There was chemistry in the air as things got a bit intimate. Nothing like a bit of sweet-talking.
The photos actually show how affectionate corellas interact with each other. Simply amazing.
Acrobatics with or without balloons engaged throughout the flock.
Some trapeze artists emerged as truly impressive.
The canopy of this Moreton Bay Fig-tree turned into a natural circus tent.
Those acrobatics would have impressed others, apart from myself. With some suave moves.
He had the time of his life, entertaining his smiling audience.
Oh, what a feeling indeed. Family disputes were rarely seen but increased the amusement factor. Aerial displays weren’t missing either.
If I was lucky enough to capture a bird in flight towards the sun, their wing features glowed in orange.
I was fortuitous a few times, capturing these entertainers within deep blue skies. Stunning.
Every circus has magicians to show off their enchanted skills.
The pine cone disappeared mysteriously. Magical. It was a hilarious scenario all around.
A few corellas overestimated their appeal to others.
Santa Clause looked a bit out of sorts at first but quickly gelled within proceedings.
I could go on and on trying to comment on these frames, which hardly justify the parrot’s mischievous appearances.
I hardly couldn’t believe my luck today, witnessing this bright party scene. Happy Birthday!