I haven’t written for a while, but Ice and Viper have left to start their new lives outside the box. After three days of being called out by Mr and Mrs Galah, darling Ice found the courage to leave the box at 6:35 am on Monday 3 November, 2014. He looked so cute as he left, with his round tummy and legs one down and one up with spread claws. Good luck beautiful bird, I hope you have a long and happy life.
Little Viper left the box at 7:15 am Friday 7 November 2014 but couldn’t fly more than a few metres.
He lived in our garden for three days and I guarded him from cats and other dangers from 5:50 am until about 7:30 pm each day! He seemed healthy and Mr and Mrs Galah kept visiting him and feeding him.
Finally he did it!!!! Viper left the yard successfully! In the late afternoon on Sunday 9 November 2014 his parents came back and he did 3 low flights that all ended with a crash into a fence. We thought he’d finished and the parents weren’t calling him to fly any more, so we put him in the box and left the lid off so the parents could check where he was and give a last feed if they wanted to. But Viper wasn’t having any of that! Oh no! He climbed out of the box, leapt off and flew towards the shed, along a narrow gap between the shed and fence and up, up, up into the darkening sky. From the yard we had the thrill of seeing him flying higher and higher, with both parents. They tried to steer him south towards the creche but he went east. They landed in a bare tree about 4 houses down and then he tried to land but tumbled downwards and we lost sight of him. Then he must have recovered and they all flew to a tree a bit further down, and we heard his voice as well as theirs so we know he wasn’t on the ground. So right now he is sleeping in a tree only about 150 m away. Good bye and good luck Viper, we’re so proud of you.
Iceman isn’t in any hurry to leave. It’s been 9 days since Maverick left!
We saw Iceman and Viper together briefly yesterday
We thought Iceman would fly this morning, but no …
Viper is begging for food. He might grow bigger and leave first!
We’re having very hot days at the moment – 32oC to 37oC - so are hosing the box at least every hour to try and keep it cool enough. Iceman looked a lot bigger this morning…
… and Viper is also strong enough to climb up to the hole.
Mr and Mrs Galah were just about to feed when a kookaburra arrived and they headed off to wait in a nearby tree.
It’s hard to believe Maverick has been out in the world for 4 days. He must be really good at flying by now.
This morning, just before 7 am, Maverick successfully flew away from the nesting box and away with his parents. I wish him a long, happy, healthy life. 7 weeks 5 days
It’s so important to make time for the things that matter. Stupidly, although I heard the galahs calling, I didn’t go straight outside. I can’t think why I decided to feed the cat, go to the toilet and pick up my camera before going outside. I missed seeing Maverick leave by only a few seconds, by so little that I saw him in the distance flying with his parents.
Remember to drop everything for the things that are important in your life.I felt the most staggering disappointment when I realised I’d missed Maverick’s first flight. It may not seem like a big deal, but seeing my baby birds fly away into the world is one of the highlights of my year. Give top priority to the things that really matter.
Yesterday I got my first good look at baby number 2, Iceman! 7 weeks 4 days. With Mrs Galah
Little maverick is getting bigger and stronger – 6 weeks 6 days old
Here he is with Mr Galah
Here he is getting beautifully groomed by Mr Galah. 7 weeks 3 days old
What a beautiful baby
Getting ready to fly. 7 weeks 4 days old. With Mrs Galah
Here’s little Maverick at 6 weeks, 3 days, with his dad
Here’s Maverick testing with his mouth, like a baby does - 6 weeks, 5 days -
and looking out …
This weekend I went out nice and early and saw some great WBSE action, although from a distance.
I think they are outrageously beautiful, even in the tepid morning light before sunrise.
And after sunrise …
…even more so.
Wonderful news! I saw the first galah baby, Maverick this afternoon.
Mr Galah has to swing off the roof to get into the box. We removed the perch to stop predators landing on it.
Mr Galah pauses and looks out while feeding the babies.
When he finishes feeding, he flies away.
Mrs Galah takes a turn at feeding. She bows down as she brings food up.
Mrs Galah surveys our back yard when she finishes feeding.
After two years of nesting in the rosella box, the galahs have finally nested in the galah box. I first heard the babies 5 weeks and 3 days ago, so I might see the first one any day now. We had scary times with kookaburras trying to eat them, but I think that most or all survived. We hear them being fed all day long, even at 11pm!