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!
I was watching a black falcon sitting on a post far behind a barbed wire post. I wished I could get closer, but after more than 30 minutes I saw an amazing changing of the guard.
The site of this great action? My local tip!
I’ve come to really love the first light and last light of the day. Even though I want to stay in bed in winter, I get up so I can see the sun rise at least once a week. I’m always glad I did.
I took this photo of a Black Falcon before the sun rose.
Look at the difference the sunrise made! That rich brown came to life.
The afternoon light is just as beautiful. I love seeing the trees turn yellow, then reddish.This Australian White Ibis is normally white. But with a bit of late afternoon light, it becomes a glorious gold and pink.