Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes - Little Corellas, hundreds of them . . .


Yesterday, I had occasion to go to Murray Bridge and while 
there, took the opportunity to walk by the river, 
 only to find it very crowded indeed.

There were hundreds, if not thousands of Little Corellas
digging up and nibbling on the new, white node shoots 
of the extensive lawns.


Not concerned with passing cars and only lazily flapping a 
short distance when children chased them.


Others, who had had their fill, were decorating the abundant 
trees in the vicinity.


Some had slipped into the land of nod


while others were in a semi-comatose, meditative state


unconcerned with the preening tactics of their neighbours.


This one, with his feathers ruffled by a gentle breeze,
slept with half an eye open


while below, a couple were intent on removing the sheaths
off each others emerging head feathers


and needless to say, here and there, the occasional 
squabble enlivened the scene.


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33 comments:

  1. Such beautiful birds and wonderful captures, Arija!! That is a "flock" of them isn't it!!! Hope your week is going well!!

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  2. Wow! That's a lot of birds. Too bad that they can be so destructive of lawns - plus they are sooooo noisy!

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  3. What a delightful show they put on for you.

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  4. Wonderful captures, Arija. I've never seen these birds before. How do they pull up grass with their curved beaks? Obviously they do, but I just wondered. I love the photos of them in the tree. Thanks for sharing. I trust you are keeping well. (((Hugs))) Jo

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  5. Jo, with the curved, upper leak, they dig down to the forming leaf bud, then, with the lower beak they nibble the shoot off by rubbing one beak against the other. They have a leathery tongue like the round end of a finger.
    I'm doing much better thank you.

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  6. What beautiful birds Arija and what pure white their feathers are. Lovely photographs.

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  7. We love our corellas, but they are (here anyway) aggressive little birds, punching well above their weight. Even the cockatoos make way for them.

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  8. 100s indeed!!! Beautiful tho. And the last one, the 'squabble' is a super action shot.

    BAD 'Hair' DAY

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  9. Oh Arija, stunning and beautiful and sweet and I love this. I have a friend named Janet and I must share this gorgeous post with her. love and hugs~

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  10. What magnificent little birds to be in the wild!

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  11. What an amazing sight.... I love it... makes me happy

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  12. That's the kind of crowded beach that would make me ecstatically happy. Just stunning pictures and amazing birds of -- course so exotic to me!

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  13. wow! i can only imagine the flurry of activity and noise, too! awesome!

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  14. WOW ! Incredible !
    You were so lucky to meet them all... and your pictures are so beautiful !

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  15. HI Arija...You have some wonderful birds there, what a sight!!
    The photo's are just stunning of the pretty birds!!
    Grace

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  16. What an awesome sight. The photos are great
    An Arkies Musings

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  17. Al those white birds look almost like snow. Good thing these can fly away.

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  18. Such great numbers of beautiful birds!
    A lovely series Arija and I love the squabble shot!

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  19. That is quite a huge flock. Thanks for sharing all the pictures of how they spent their day.

    Cindy

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  20. the last photograph stand-off made me smile. Beautiful series. Reminded me of a trip in Victoria (name I can't think of) where the tall trees were dripping with sulphur-crested cockatoos. From a distance I couldn't help but think of big magnolias .... I often hear corellas flying overhead at end of day but rarely see flocks of them like you have shown here; lovely

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  21. Wonderful series! I can imagine the lawn is a little the worse for wear once they're done with it.

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  22. You have no idea how exotic that scene with all those white birds that aren't doves looks to non-antipodeans........

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  23. SO funny .... corollas and their antics. I love the way they preen each other ... not a feather out of place. This mob must have been very hungry.

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  24. thats quite an experience. So many of the white bird. Great shots that shows the birds but as a "photographer" my favourite is the "sleeping shot". :)

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  25. Very nice pictures - we sometimes get big flocks in Melbourne. I found one about a year ago on the way to work, so I turned around and went home for the camera!

    Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

    Stewart M - Melbourne.

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  26. Wow, so many birds all together, great photos!

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  27. Fantastic shots! What beautiful birds and so many! wonderful

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  28. Look at that! How amazing! All I have here similar to this are... pigeons! :-)

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  29. oh how sweet and funny these birds are.. your NN post got linked.. sorry for the difficulty Arija...hugs..michelle

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  30. So many birds in one place. I bet they were noisily chatting.

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