11 comments on “Forced Migration – Long-billed Corella at Kiama!?

  1. I saw blow holes like that on Maui. They are really mesmerizing to watch. Love that photo of the Cockatoo on the nest. I never even thought about where they make nests. My cockatoo is a boy who happens to be from the Hawaiin Islands, or so says his leg band. Many times I almost took him back there, LOL. The Corella is a cutie. Sad to hear of the heat in Australia. I knew when I read the title it must have been the heat driving birds to the coast.

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    • Thanks Donna, yes the heat has sent many species into places they have never been before. Now after several weeks of unseasonable rain warmth and humidity the birds have further been confused and many birds can’t be found in our forests as the season changes. The Cockatoos on the coast however are quite OK and are breeding well. I can imagine your cockie would be cheeky noisy little rascal as they are here LOL!

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  2. Beautiful captures and video of the Long-billed Corella, Ashley! What an awesome right place right time photo op! I love that first close-up image and their beautiful blue eye patch. Loved the blow-hole video, what a cool natural attraction to see. I hope the weather improves and your birds can settle down in their respective territories to catch a cool breath while they eat to build their body weight to migrate safely through winter. Hope the rains settle to for you to get out and about to bird too! 🙂

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    • Thanks Donna, it has been quite wet the last few weeks, and very humid. The poor birds at least have a break from the heat. Many inland parrots species would have lost hundreds of their partners from the extreme heat of previous weeks, so the cooler weather has been a blessing for them, on the coast but it is still hot inland. So many birds have been displaced this summer, it has changed our field guides forever. It will be interesting to see if they return to their usual habitats inland as winter approaches. Sorry for the comment delay my computer was being repaired. Have a great week.

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  3. Thanks Sue, it is amazing how far these birds have spread throughout Australia. Interesting way of describing their appearance but I can see what you mean. Have a great week. I think we are in for another week of rain.

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  4. That was a spectacular show you had filmed at the Blowhole! Thank you, my friend. I also loved the video and pictures of the Long-billed Corella. I hope your weather will improve soon so that you can enjoy birding again.. Have a wonderful week ahead, my friend.

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    • Thanks Tiny, The rain keeps coming into the next week. Looks like the hottest Summer and soon the wettest Autumn. Won’t get any birding in this weekend, hoping for a clear spell. You have a wonderful week also my friend!

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  5. I can’t believe the extreme weather you’ve had for months now. Hopefully it will settle down soon
    Great captures of a cool bird. Always nice to have bird sighting surprises on an outing.

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    • Thanks 1nm, now it just rains and rains every day and has done for weeks and will do this week also. so not much good for birding, but can be great for waterbirds if you can find them. Yes, it is a real delight to find surprises of unexpected sightings. Enjoy your week!

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      • Thanks Aussiebirder! I’m going to southern Arizona later this week. It’s right on the border of Mexico. So I’m looking forward to seeing some different new birds. Stay dry aussiebirder!

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  6. Thanks for sharing the video of Kiama Blowhole, it’s as spectacular as I remember it when I last saw it as a kid. Great photos of the long billed corellas. We have them here on the Gold Coast too. There is a large flock of them that hang out in a park nearby and I regularly see them on the way to the shops. They’re a funny looking bird, they look like they’ve been in a boxing match and came out of it worse for wear! 🙂

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