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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, 2:14 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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