30 Corellas, Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

30 Corellas @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

Someone turned 30 over the weekend and kindly left their balloon hanging dry in this Moreton Bay Fig-tree.

Party on! @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

30 Corellas accepted their invitation for the after-party.

Lively celebrations @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

I can’t imagine the human celebration being more amusing than the one of these bright parrots.

Bright balloons @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

It was a squeegeeing affair while bright white balloons were dangling from different branches.

My kinda party @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

This was the party I was never invited to. Until today.

Corella avatar @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

If only my avatar would work under this tree of life.

Areal acrobatics @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

But my camera did work and captured these areal acrobats superbly.

Focus point @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

30 corellas were in such a cheerful manner, that it was incredibly difficult to keep up and focus with my camera.

Blue skies above @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

Up-close and right above me! All within blue sunny skies. Wow. Just like that.

Quick snap @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

I couldn’t believe my eyes and my lens could hardly keep up on quick movements from the parrots.

Breezy conditions @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

A gusty onshore breeze added to the photographic difficulty. 

Fueling up @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

As it sometimes occurs on parties I attended to, dinner and a few drinks are held in a different locality.

Do you come here often? @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

A warm-up session to get to know each other.

Friends will be friends! @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

It appears that the same rules apply within this flock of entertainers. 

White wings @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

These corellas had plenty eaten and sustained a sugar rush. Red Bull gives you white wings.

Photo rush @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

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.

Play virus @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

That is actually an understatement. The whole flock was infected from a play-frenzy virus.

Tree of life @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

This spectacular Moreton Bay Fig-tree came alive with shiny bundles of joy on different limbs.

Screeching affair @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

Screeching outcries easily over-toned the surf nearby. 

Birthday balloon @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

The main attraction for these clowns was the birthday balloon.

Leftover @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

Actually, two balloons hung on separate branches, but the other one had taken a corella beating already.

Stringing together @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

Only a few birds found enough interest for the piece of string.

Centre of attention @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

I focused mainly on this deflated balloon, as it actually was the centre of attention within the flock.

Swing into life @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

While one corella was swinging with the velocity of the wind, bystanders watched on proceedings.

Next contestant @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

Until it was their turn to tackle the swing like an irresistible urge.

Focused @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

I have a few theories on why this colourful balloon caused a stir.

Curiosity @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

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.

Go with the flow! @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

Another thought that comes to mind is that the movements of the balloons intrigued and encouraged these corellas to join in.

Free handed @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

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.

Birthday pavlova @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

Some birds appeared like hanging birthday pavlovas served on a shiny balloon. Either way, the balloons sure took the interest for many parrots.

Entertainment @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

Not all corellas were smitten by this balloon and amused themselves otherwise. 

Hanging around @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

It was just marvellous for me to hang around, observing this spectacle. Corellas certainly know how to hang around.

White bats @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

Some hung upside down like bats, posing for the camera.

Push-ups @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

There were a few show-offs, doing push-ups.

Almost there @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

You can do it! It certainly looks remarkable.

Suave @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

It’s best not to lose their grip.

Imposing and impressive @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

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.

Grand parents @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

Grandma and granddad were surely delighted with ongoings.

Up to party? @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

They weren’t the only ones that kept to their seclusion.

Very cute @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

In a quiet corner sat a loving pair.

Corella chemistry @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

There was chemistry in the air as things got a bit intimate. Nothing like a bit of sweet-talking.

Affectionate @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

The photos actually show how affectionate corellas interact with each other. Simply amazing.

Orange glow @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

Acrobatics with or without balloons engaged throughout the flock.

Trapeze @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

Some trapeze artists emerged as truly impressive.

Circus tent @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

The canopy of this Moreton Bay Fig-tree turned into a natural circus tent.

Impressed @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

Those acrobatics would have impressed others, apart from myself. With some suave moves.

Acrobatic skills @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

He had the time of his life, entertaining his smiling audience.

Oh, what a feeling! @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

Oh, what a feeling indeed. Family disputes were rarely seen but increased the amusement factor. Aerial displays weren’t missing either.

Wing features @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

If I was lucky enough to capture a bird in flight towards the sun, their wing features glowed in orange. 

Stunning all around @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

I was fortuitous a few times, capturing these entertainers within deep blue skies. Stunning.

There it is! @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

Every circus has magicians to show off their enchanted skills.

Magically disappearance! @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

The pine cone disappeared mysteriously. Magical. It was a hilarious scenario all around.

What’s the matter darling? @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

A few corellas overestimated their appeal to others.

Early Xmas @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

Santa Clause looked a bit out of sorts at first but quickly gelled within proceedings. 

No comment @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

I could go on and on trying to comment on these frames, which hardly justify the parrot’s mischievous appearances. 

Happy birthday! @ Moffat Beach, Sunshine Coast, South-East Queensland, Australia

I hardly couldn’t believe my luck today, witnessing this bright party scene. Happy Birthday!

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