Galah nest box 2016

Friday 29 April 2016.

Mr and Mrs Galah were at the box for several hours. They entered the box and made loud scratching sounds. One rubbed its face on the baffle facing north.

Monday 15 August 2016

Mr and Mrs Galah slept at the box.

Sunday 4 September 2016 – Chick(s) first calling

I heard our baby galahs for the first time! This is only two weeks and 6 days after I noticed Mr and Mrs Galah sleeping at the box, so they must have laid eggs a lot earlier (at least a week).

Wednesday 19 October 2016 – Norbert looked out

After work today, we saw Norbert, our first baby galah for 2016 (at about 4:30 pm). It is 6 weeks 3 days since I first heard them. He looked big and strong, so I think he may have climbed up a day or more ago, and we didn’t see him.

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Thursday 20 October 2016 – Saphira looked out!

This morning, while we were looking at Norbert, we saw Saphira, our second baby galah (at about 7:00 am).  It is 6 weeks 4 days since I first heard them.

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On Thursday evening, Norbert called to his parents and looked like he was thinking of flying.

Friday 21 October 2016

On Friday morning, and Friday evening, Norbert was definitely calling, and Mr and Mrs Galah were calling him and doing demonstration flights. He decided to stay, and looked beautiful in the evening light.

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Saturday 22 October 2016 – Norbert left the box! Puff looked out!

At 6:45 am AEDT (05:45 AEST), after only two minutes of calling and demonstration flights by his parents, Norbert flew out of the box. He had a little round tummy and trailing legs with curled claws. He flew to the south east, in a straight line without dipping down. Both parent swooped down and escorted him, one on either side. Good luck little one, I hope you have found a safe place out of the rain today.

Sunrise was at 6:04 am AEDT (05:04 AEST) today, so Norbert flew 41 minutes after sunrise.

10 minutes later, Saphira looked out, then 15 minutes after that we saw a third baby, Puff, for the first time!  It is 6 weeks 6 days since I first heard them.

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7:15 am Mr Galah came back alone, stayed for 5 mins then left.

7:30 am Mr Galah came back alone, stayed for a few seconds then left.

7:45 am Mr Galah came back and gave Saphira a feed from the perch.

The Common Mynas are a serious problem. They are harassing the babies and the parents. They sit on branches only 1 metre above the box, land on the lid and even stand on the perches and look in. I saw one land on the lid with a feather in its beak, as if it wanted to put nesting material right on top of the babies (and they have done that to our baby rosellas in the past). The brand new rosella box they got into was taken down last Sunday, and here they still are, 6 days later, harassing the galahs.

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It started raining heavily around 8:00 am. I’m worried about Norbert. Saphira decided to stretch out of the box and investigate the rain.

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Mrs Galah came back sometime after 8:00 am. I saw her feed Saphira while standing on the perches at 11:10 am. Puff was up there asking for food, but Mrs Galah only fed Saphira.

The night is very cold (80C). I’m worried about Norbert out by himself in the open without the box and his siblings to keep him warm. Mr and Mrs Galah slept here.

Sunday 23 October 2016

Saphira looks good and strong. Tonight was 70C.

Monday 24 October 2016

Saphira can lean right our but doesn’t seem as if she’s in a hurry to leave. Tonight was 70C.

Tuesday 25 October 2016

Saphira is calling but didn’t leave morning or afternoon. Tonight it’s warmer – 13oC.

Wednesday 26 October 2016 – Saphira flew

Saphira continued to call this morning but didn’t leave.

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Puff popped up every so often.

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Saphira got a pre-flight grooming from Mr Galah.

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Our 2nd galah baby for 2016, Saphira, flew away with her parents at 6:35 pm AEDT (17:35 AEST) tonight. Sunset was at 7:14 pm AEDT (18:14 AEST), so she flew 39 mins before sunset. We could see her for quite a while, as she headed east south-east,  flew a big sweeping curve around to the south then due west. She probably flew at least 1 km on her first flight. All the best my little one; I hope you’re cuddled up to Norbert in the creche while your mum and dad are sleeping here with Puff.

Tonight was a good choice – the minimum temperaure is 18oC

Mr and Mrs Galah came back at 7:15 pm. they fed Puff inside the box and 7:20 pm and 7:47 pm then slept at the box.

Thursday 27 October 2016 – Puff flew

I didn’t expect Puff to fly for several days. I had only seen her face and little white cap in the hole, even this morning. But when I came home from work at about 6 pm, she was sitting right up in the hole.

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At about 6:10 she gave her first ‘I want to fly calls’ (quack quack), and Mr and Mrs Galah answered and did a few short flights in front of her. It only lasted  couple of minutes and then they flew off. But when they came back at about 6:45 pm it was full on. Puff called so loudly and excitedly, and the parents did heaps of demo flights,; short ones in the tree and long slow horizontal circles even behind the box where Puff could not see them, but could hear them. One landed in a gum tree visible to the west and Mrs Galah landed on our roof.

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Our 3rd galah baby for 2016, Puff, flew away with her parents at 6:59 pm AEDT (17:59 AEST) tonight. Sunset was at 7:15 pm AEDT (18:15 AEST), so she flew 16 mins before sunset. She flew south-east, then flew a big sweeping curve around to the south then due west (almost the same path as Saphira took). We lost sight of her at the same big gum trees south of us where we lost sight of the others. She flew very strongly for a 3rd baby. Goodbye little Puff; the yard will be very empty without you all.

Mr and Mrs Galah came back at 7:20 pm, Mr Galah had a bite to eat then they slept on the perches of the box! I saw them there at 10 pm. They were gone on Friday morning, but they are mostly gone before sunrise.

Friday 28 October 2016

Mr and Mrs Galah came in for food and Mrs Galah slept alone at the box.

Saturday 29 October 2016

Mr and Mrs Galah came in for food and water. We took the box down after checking there were no more babies.

 

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Galahs 2013

Each year we hope galahs will breed in one of the nesting boxes in our backyard.
When they do, we love to watch each baby grow bigger and stronger. Nothing compares to the thrill of seeing a baby parrot leap out of the nesting box for the first time and fly away with its parents.

This Nesting Box Diary, Galahs 2013, describes the first three months in the lives of Neil, Buzz and Svetlana.

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Galahs 2013

Galahs 2012: Charlie, Wilbur and Amelia

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Each year we hope galahs will breed in one of the nesting boxes in our backyard.

When they do, we love to watch each baby grow bigger and stronger. Nothing compares to the thrill of seeing a baby parrot leap out of the nesting box for the first time and fly away with its parents.

This Nesting Box Diary, Galahs 2012, describes the first three months in the lives of Charlie, Wilbur and Amelia.

Galahs 2012

They’ve all left!

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.

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Little Viper left the box at 7:15 am Friday 7 November 2014 but couldn’t fly more than a few metres.

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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.

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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.

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Iceman and Viper are looking good

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…

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… and Viper is also strong enough to climb up to the hole.

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Mr and Mrs Galah were just about to feed when a kookaburra arrived and they headed off to wait in a nearby tree.

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It’s hard to believe Maverick has been out in the world for 4 days. He must be really good at flying by now.

Maverick has flown!

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

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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.