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Ann Britton Outback Photography

Cockatiels visiting our Lagoon

These lovely small swift birds have alluded my camera for 35 years. Considering they are plentiful in my area, it is hard to believe.

Wikipedia “The cockatiel, also known as miniature cockatoo, weero, or quarrion, is a bird that is a member of its own branch of the cockatoo family endemic to Australia. They are prized as household pets and companion parrots throughout the world and are relatively easy to breed.”

3 November I was out hanging clothes and cockatiels were flying north-south overhead, in small mobs. Once again, I thought it useless to take photos of them while they were flying overhead and for the life of me, I couldn’t think of their name. I asked #BossMan, nope, asked Kahnie, no help there either.
I was thinking quarrion but thought that was wrong.
Anyhow, Kahnie was letting the Micky weaners out of the cattle yards to be tailed around, so I thought I would go and give him a hand and pick up the bailing twine,

Kahnie let the Micky’s stroll off while he fixed the yard for their yarding up after he tailed them out for a few hours. No dust behind the Mickeys indicates they are walking no running. Kahnie caught up with them and guided them to where there was a good patch of feed, to fill their stomachs.

While in the cattle yard I could see and hear the Cockatiels down the lagoon, so I thought I would grab #BadBoy and go for a stroll, with my four-legged sidekick, of course.
These few seem to be ignoring me, standing under their tree.

Then all eyes were on me. LOL.

🎼One of these things is not like the other, one of these things just doesn’t belongĀ  🎼

#Junior doing his best duck impression to TRY and fit in.

Ducks, Pelicans, Black-winged stilts, Spoonbills gathering in the shallows of what little water is left in the lagoon.
Wednesday 13 November Claire and I counted 16 pelicans circling and landing down at the lagoon just on dark.
First, we must have a good shake after a good swim…

…then we have to breadcrumb oneself.

I got a little too close to the pelicans and ducks for their liking.

The Spoonbills had no intention of shifting. The ducks are like organised chaos taking off.

Like some birds, the pelican seems to want to check you out and fly overhead

Meanwhile, the spoonbill and some of the ducks are still wading and swimming where the pelicans and ducks took off from.

Looking north, up the lagoon, truly not much water left, compared to the flooding in March.

Now to capture the birds the lured me to the lagoon, there were many flying about.

My handsome boy distracted me again when he went for yet another swim.

Like the budgies and corellas, there is constant noise when the cockatiels fly over.

There were as many in the trees as in the sky.

Like budgies they gather in groups to have a drink, they are on the ground for a very short time…

…before they are fly off again.

The overcast day didn’t help taking grey coloured birds. Their wing shape and feather colour pattern, when in flight, showed another side to this bird’s beauty.

Aerodynamic streamline. I did take over 200 photos on my stroll, so deleting was a bit time consuming, but I would rather have too many to pick from than not enough. I think I have had my fix of cockatiels. They were indeed very obliging and photogenic. Why it took me this long to capture them, no idea.

We are indeed breadcrumbed to perfection.

A couple of galahs, checking us out.

A pair of brolgas joined the pool party just as we were leaving the lagoon.

For interest sake, I have added my YouTube video from the 29 March. You can see the Lagoon clearly in the video. A search of water, just west of our cattle yards, with a tree line on each side. This will give you an idea of where the water came to in March and where it is the day I took these photos on the 3rd of November.

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