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Alert but not alarmed…

On the weekend I met up with my local “gang” of birders and we wandered up  Elster Creek to the Golf Course lake and had a look around…besides finding a turtle (my first Eastern Long Necked), we also watched the feeding antics of the local Little Corellas feeding on the ripe seed cones of a tall skinny conifer. They use their feet like we would use our hands. I noticed that when the Noisy Miners (a local, aggressive Honeyeater) screeched out their alarm calls the Corellas stopped feeding and quickly looked skyward but did not seem overly concerned (did the alert suggest a certain generally non-threatening predator?)…I have seen a number of bird species do this…I am convinced there is a common bird language.

Little Corella, Elster Creek, Victoria

Little Corella enjoying a seed cone from a Conifer…

Little Corella, Elster Creek, Victoria

Watching us watch him…

Little Corella, Elster Creek, Victoria

Looking skyward when the alarm call goes out from a different bird species…

Eastern Long necked turtle, Elster Creek, Victoria

Eastern Long necked turtle, Elster Creek, Victoria

The little show-off…

It was the screeching that attracted me over to the tree near Elster Creek a few weeks ago. I found a lone Little Corella, on a branch in a gum tree. I moved in closer trying not to spook it and starting taking pictures. It screeched when I took a few rapid shots – it could hear the camera shutter sound. I watched it and it watched me. After just moving around the branch a bit it fell backward and just hung by its feet and looked at me again…I kept shooting as it started to play with branches and bark.  Cockatoos are long lived birds and this must mean a certain amount of intelligence has developed and with it a sense of humour. This bird was playing and seemingly including me in its antics.

Little Corella, Elster Creek, Victoria 3 May 2015

Little Corella, Elster Creek

Little Corella, Elster Creek, Victoria 3 May 2015

II

Little Corella, Elster Creek, Victoria 3 May 2015

III

Little Corella, Elster Creek, Victoria 3 May 2015

IV

Little Corella, Elster Creek, Victoria 3 May 2015

the Corella started to swing under the branch

Little Corella, Elster Creek, Victoria 3 May 2015

VI

Little Corella, Elster Creek, Victoria 3 May 2015

VII

Little Corella, Elster Creek, Victoria 3 May 2015

Hanging by a leg, and watching me

Little Corella, Elster Creek, Victoria 3 May 2015

the moment before the end of the show

The next thing it did was let go the branch and try to grab the bark with both feet but it was far too heavy and it dropped from the tree. Luckily it had enough height to right itself and fly back up to a branch on the next tree. The show was over.