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    Post by Joy on Sat 01 Apr 2017, 2:06 pm

    We have recently had a really severe weather event when ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie decided to travel down the east coast from Qld this week & dump some serious rain on us to add to the heavy rains we had experienced in recent weeks. Two days ago we had 287mm (nearly 24ins)  in just a few hours which caused our yard to flood as the ground hadn't as yet dried out from the earlier rain. Had some flooding in our kitchen & roads were cut off. We were lucky compared to elsewhere where massive destructive flooding has resulted from TC & now ex-TC Debbie. Yesterday we had severe winds which helped us dry out a bit. Anyway all this means the poor local birds have been hammered & some have ventured to our front patio to make the most of its sheltered position, so we put some seed there for them. Yesterday I noticed a galah which looked odd as it seemed to have a fringe hanging down its breast. It was a juvenile which was shedding its grey down from its breast before getting its lovely pink one.

    A juvenile galah arriving at our front patio looking  for a feed. When I first saw it walking down the yard to the patio it looked as though it had a fringe hanging down its breast but it's just losing its "baby down" feathers. Looks odd.
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    Post by Joy on Sat 01 Apr 2017, 2:08 pm

    A mob of galahs having a feed of seed on our front patio. They are also sheltering from the cfierce winds from cyclone Debbie's aftermath. This bowl of seed was nearly full before they arrived.

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    Post by Joy on Sat 01 Apr 2017, 2:09 pm

    The young galah losing his baby down is at the top left.

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    Post by Joy on Sat 01 Apr 2017, 2:11 pm

    Its breast has large grey patches still so it still has much more moulting to come yet before its breast is a lovely pink.
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    Post by Joy on Sat 01 Apr 2017, 2:12 pm

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    Post by Joy on Sat 01 Apr 2017, 2:14 pm

    The down is also getting the way of feeding.
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    Post by Joy on Sat 01 Apr 2017, 2:16 pm

    The young galah seems to have a beakful of the down.
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    Post by bigbilly on Wed 21 Mar 2018, 6:35 am


    Nice to see the birds again Joy.
    You seem to have had a rough time with the weather,I think it must be a global thing as there's odd weather
    everywhere. We have had more rain than usual. As for winter we have had colder and more snow than for several years.

    We have been feeding the birds hard here and have a nice selection at the moment but they are starting to pair up and there is quite a lot of display and singing going on, but certainly everything is much later than normal.

    Hope you are both well.
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    Post by MableShortt on Wed 21 Mar 2018, 8:08 am

    that galah reminds me of the bird at Als' cam with the stick in her breast feathers .
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    Post by Joy on Thu 22 Mar 2018, 3:17 pm

    bigbilly wrote:
    Nice to see the birds again Joy.
    You seem to have had a rough time with the weather,I think it must be a global thing as there's odd weather
    everywhere. We have had more rain than usual.  As for winter we have had colder and more snow than for several years.

    We have been feeding the birds hard here and have a nice selection at the moment but they are starting to pair up and there is quite a lot of display and singing going on, but certainly everything is much later than normal.

    Hope you are both well. Thanks Big Billy Bruce is live streaming on BYGC from our front yard. He gets galahs, rainbow lorikeets (some of which have been spotted eating the kookaburras & magpies sausage meat, rather odd behaviour.), crested pigeons, bar-shoulder doves various turtle dove plus some cute cheeky sparrows. no song birds though  Some parts of Australia have had cyclones etc but luckily for us we've just had normal weather, it's very warm & humid. Do hope all is well with you & your family.

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