Galahs come for a swim

The hot and very dry conditions in our district over this summer have produced many visitors to our bird baths. (Click on the category “Bird Baths”) The other day, however, I was alerted to a flock of noisy Galahs in another part of the garden. About sixty Galahs had settled in the trees near our swimming pool (read “Swamp” – it is green because we have not maintained or used it this summer).



Some of these Galahs decided that they needed a drink, so they settled on the brick paving around the pool. The water level was far too low for them to reach the water. This was because of the water restrictions during the current drought here. It made a spectacular sight and they allowed me to approach quite near before they flew off into nearby trees.




9 Responses to “Galahs come for a swim”

  1. Snail says:

    What a sight! They’re such pretty birds.

    Until recently, this place was on the galah flight path. They used to fly over in the late afternoon, presumably on their way to roost for the evening. They’d mix in with rainbow lorikeets in whistling, chattering, technicolor flocks. The lorikeets are still about but the galahs seem to have abandoned us. They must have found somewhere better to feed.

  2. Trevor says:

    At this time of the year the Galahs around here are very mobile, moving in large flocks of 50 to 300 or more. I guess they move from one location to another depending on food sources. There is still quite a deal of dried seed bearing grasses around for them to feed on here. It could be that the flocks near you have had to move on to another source of food somewhere due to the drought.

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  4. Molly says:

    I love the pictures
    im 13 years old and over here in the U.S. doing a report.
    If only Galah’s swam!

  5. Molly says:

    if u didnt catch on the rport is on Galahs
    for real
    im in the classroom and about to get caught!

  6. Trevor says:

    Hi there Molly,

    Welcome to my blog about Australian birds. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I hope you enjoy doing your report on Galahs – they are such wonderful birds – beautiful too. And they can be very noisy in a large flock. I think the Galahs in my photo wanted a drink because it was a very hot day. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Galah swimming.

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  8. Gemma says:

    heeyyy in school i am doing a facts report and i am doing the Galah

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