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Helenor
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Hello everyone,

I'm a new member from California, USA, which is...currently on fire. I've watched the live camera streams (back when it was Backyard Galah Cam) when stressed out or bored. I have a Californian galah here as well. 😉 She's tried calling back to the live streamed galahs from Evan's Head a few times. Looking forward to seeing more wonderful birds from Oz!

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Topic starter Posted : 01/09/2020 11:40 am
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vanislander
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Welcome Helenor.  I'm glad you came back!  The galah show at Evans Head is usually a daily occurrence - Bruce does a great job of encouraging them - even if the corellas and lorikeets occasionally keep them 'hopping'.  Some of them have been known to go to his door to let him know it's seed time, first thing in the morning. 🙂  We are very fortunate to see so many of them on a regular basis.

Sorry that California is battling wildfires - it's starting to look a lot like Australia was earlier. ☹️ 

If you drop into chat late mornings you will probably bump into another US galah owner/fan!

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Posted : 01/09/2020 12:53 pm
Helenor
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@vanislander

Thank you! I do love seeing them, as well as the "magpies". The lories have their really adorable hop hops that seem to intimidate most other birds!

I really hope to visit Australia in person someday...once the US has a handle on COVID and it's safe to travel anyways. I'm not really sure why I'm so obsessed with galahs though, I keep an eye out for them in zoos and such, even though I've got my own girl right here. I guess I judge the zoo quality based on if they have galahs or not, which is rather biased, I suppose. 😇

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Topic starter Posted : 01/09/2020 1:40 pm
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AussieAl
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@helenor. G’day Helenor,

It’s great to see you on Australian Bird Cams. Join into chat any time, you will be very welcome.

As Van said, early(ish) morning our time is probably the best time to see our birds, especially Bruce’s galahs.

I’ve been reading about your fires, California seems to be an extremely volatile state.

Take care, Al.

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Posted : 01/09/2020 2:16 pm
RB2sMom
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@helenor Welcome, Helenor, or welcome back if you have been here before!  I am the other USA galah owner that Van talked about earlier.  I am attaching a picture of my two galahs, Hannah and Harry, that we love dearly.  I would love to see a picture and know the name of your galah.  Daybreak in Australia is shortly after 12:45pm CA time, as of current time as of this date.  Hope to see you in chat!

 

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Posted : 01/09/2020 10:24 pm
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 Rick
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Welcome to Australian Bird Cams, Helenor!

I went through our users list and noticed there were several accounts that were registered, but never activated, so I told the system to resend the emails out. I'm not sure what happened but I think yours was one of them. I am glad you could join us!

The California wildfires are horrible, as was the last bush fire season in Australia. The Californian ones never get so much coverage in the UK though.

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Posted : 01/09/2020 11:40 pm
Helenor
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@rb2smom

Ooh, your galahs are so precious! Do Hannah and Harry get along with each other? My galah is named Devyn and she's my pride and joy. She's not very social with other galahs though. When she's had the opportunity to socialize with others, she's chased them away, including her own clutchmate. Oops, I guess she forgot who he is or never liked him much!

@ricksterm

Yep, I was one of the accounts registered but never received an activation email. I went through and did the "forgot my password" option to get a new activation email. The wildfires are so sad; I saw some birds yesterday while I was doing field work and they looked absolutely miserable, panting with their beaks open. Their lungs are so much more sensitive than ours; I wonder what long term effects there will be. 

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Topic starter Posted : 02/09/2020 12:27 am
RB2sMom
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@helenor Hannah is the same way, she does not care much for other galahs, just my husband first (her perceived mate) and me.  I think she thinks she is a person.   Hannah is the oldest at 22 and Harry is 17.  We adopted Hannah from a high class pet store specializing in birds.  Later on we adopted Harry from a bird show.  Hannah was only 6 months when we got her; Harry was 4 months when we got him.  We intended for them to be cage mates.  Hannah at first tried to feed Harry like a birdie mom as he was only 4 months old and later on tried to attack him; she is very territorial.  So as you see, they are in adjoining cages side by side.  We take them out in the kitchen on a play gym and on a screened porch to another gym and they co-exist in neutral territory out there with no problems.  Hannah is very territorial otherwise.  We love our galahs!

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Posted : 02/09/2020 5:36 am
RB2sMom
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@helenor I see you are a biologist.  We have a lot in common as my husband and I are both retired biologists.  I was a microbiologist/epidemiologist/biochemist and retired from the CDC and my husband was US Fish & Wildlife.  We have done many ECO vacations over the years all over the world to some very remote places to see wildlife and new cultures.  We also love seeing zoos and wildlife sanctuaries and have a list of over 450 places worldwide that we have been to.  We went to Australia first time in the 1980's and went down the East Coast from Cairns to Brisbane to Sidney to Melbourne.  We went out with biologists in Cairns to their research areas and visited zoos and wildlife sanctuaries there and other places.  We since have been back about 3 times and through there several other times to other areas.  We intend to go back when the pandemic is over.

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Posted : 09/09/2020 10:46 pm
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