It’s getting late. You are sitting at a waterhole and the Boss has had enough of dust and flies and want’s to leave. Then a bunch of thirty or so Galahs flock in to drink. It’s only Galahs, but the light from the setting sun is absolutely perfect. What do you do….listen to the boss or go man deaf and start taking photos?
Sometimes being man deaf can be advantageous!
When it comes to Australian birds Galahs are as Australian as you can get. These birds are everywhere. So if you are a bird photographer and don’t have a decent Galah shot there is something wrong with you, not the camera.When they flock to water they are something to see. It’s a mass of feathers squabbling over every free millimeter of perch close to the water. Galahs are colorful. But bunched together in good light they are absolutely beautiful.
The word Galah originates from the Aboriginal Yuwaalaraay word Gilaa. It’s also Aussie slang for someone who is a bit thick and has difficulty figuring things out! But one thing is for sure. These birds may be noisy, but they are not thick. In fact to survive and proliferate in some of the most inhospitable parts of Australia they must be quite intelligent.