The next day Ken took me to one of his favourite patches but on the way stopped off at Lindum Park to see what was around.
Mostly stilts, but I didn't get a better picture of one than I'd already had, but as we were leaving I spotted this Gala, with colours like a pretty iced cake LOL
How neatly they positioned themselves to fit into that shadow from the tree! I'm sure they knew I wanted to take a picture of them!!
We've got a Little Corella there with Galah. I think that may be the first time I got a picture with both of them together.
On another dead tree in the middle of the water were these two Galahs.
Not sure what they were doing, but thinking now... could they be excavating a nest hole? Or would the hole be excavated through the bark?
Or maybe they were just up to mischief LOL
We went out early the next morning (well before breakfast) and set off in the general direction we'd been the day before, but then turned off up a track into the forest, going to Sharp Point on the other side of the peninsula.
This was where Alex and June did their patch work at one time.
Approaching our berth, a Silver Gull provided an escort for us.
Trouble was I was so intent watching him, I was too slow to grab a picture of a Whiskered Tern that flew below me!!!! grrrr But at least I saw him!
Lifers by the end of this day: 198
This is what it looks like in avian terms. Not doing too badly at it I guess.
Red-rumped Parrot and a couple of Galahs.
I took this picture at Rawnsley at the end of October, when we'd not even heard of this term LOL.
Over breakfast we discussed our move for the morning. Peter had heard there was a water hole at the Rawnsley Camp a couple of km up the track, so off we set.
Gosh it was hot going with no shade at all.
We hadn't got too far when these two Galahs flew over.
.... he didn't completely raise his crest or it would have gone out of the frame!!
He landed on the fence to overlook proceedings in the garden. Although I'd already seen plenty of these on my travels, this was the first to show his face at Hans' garden.
.... but aren't they pretty!!
After having had our cuppie at Hinterland, we then set off for a drive around the northern suburbs of Gold Coast, mostly around the Bonogin.
At one point we tried a walk into a forest, but it was extremely hot that day and after a short distance realised we...
We dropped down out of the forest to rather more agricultural land and paused for a bit at the side of the road as we saw some bird activity.
My only decent shot there though was from a Galah that settled on a tree.
Galahs are found pretty much throughout Australia (at least the parts I visited!).
This is a female with the reddish eye and she was checking to see if there was room for her to land on the fallen tree in the water.
There was now a Galah in a dead tree on the dam, seems to be talking to himself!
The light was beginning to go now, as you can see. So it was time to return to Cunnamulla, my base for the next two nights.
Hans and Judy had accommodation at Bowra, but they were full for my first two days... I...
... well that's the overall impression of what you see with these guys. Really quite pretty and seem to be everywhere (at least where there's some water).
Now for a confession... I had pronounciation problems with both birds and places and this was one of them. It's not Gala (as in the...