Tom Brassil  

Little Corella Playing by Tom Brassil

July 2024 - Little Corella Playing

About the Image(s)

This month’s image was an opportunity shot, just getting out of the house and taking a walk-in local park with the camera.

Th bird is a Little Corella (sometimes called clowns of the sky) they are usually in large flocks and in the outback regions. Flocks can be in the thousands. They can be destructive, stripping leaves and breaking branches on trees. Some people feed these at their houses, unfortunately they can destroy houses picking the timber sections on windows and balconies, the same way they do trees. Flocks have very loud calls when flying and very much a spectacular sight and sound to see them flying over and hearing their calls.

This bird was wrestling with the stick for ages getting into all sorts of contortion’s. Was very much fun to watch and photograph.

Image 1/5000s, with ISO 1600 at F4.5

Minimal work in Photoshop as considering if it would be suitable for Nature Competition.

Thanks for viewing and your comments.

6 comments posted

Leslie Larson   Leslie Larson
(Groups 21 & 94)
Cockatoos are such photogenic birds. Sorry to hear the corellas are so destructive. Australia is my favorite place to see large, colorful are lucky to have so many.
Can't think of any improvements to your shot   Posted: 07/04/2024 12:30:26
Tom Brassil   Tom Brassil
Thank you for that comment Leslie, I do not wish to give the little Corella a bad name by calling it destructive. Typically in a natural environment, they stripped the trees to give themselves a clearer view of danger, also in their natural environments they do wear their beaks down in the normal processes of their life, with changes to the environment and the way we have improved our local urban environment, with adequate water and a range of trees, they have taken the opportunity and moved from desert areas to our urban areas. So I do apologise I should not have used destructive if it is a natural activity of the birds. Where it is destructive is when people feed them in their homes, they translate those habits to the home environment and I should not assume that is destructive when to them it's normal. Did not want to give the little critters are bad name. Again thank you for the comment   Posted: 07/05/2024 00:14:06

Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
Hi Tom,
Great image. You captured the action and the moments.
Best regards,
Greg   Posted: 07/05/2024 21:11:55
Tom Brassil   Tom Brassil
Thank you for that Greg   Posted: 07/09/2024 20:06:41

Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Hi Tom - What a good time this fellow is having - Little Corellas sure seem to like attention! Beautiful focus, detail, texture and color balance. Great capture of a unique bird behavior - something judges love in nature shots. Well done close-up!   Posted: 07/08/2024 11:13:59
Tom Brassil   Tom Brassil
Thank you Darcy   Posted: 07/09/2024 20:07:04


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