The Little Corella ... some people think they are crazy.
It is quite common to see them rolling about in the grass, upside down, picking up twigs and so on.
On a recent visit to Tea Gardens I was watching a flock of them feeding in a pine tree when some decided to start rolling about on the grass.
There was a rope hanging which children would have used, then to my surprise one corella landed on the end of the rope and started having a swing, back and forth having a great time. This went on for some time.
The Little Corella is mostly white, with a blue eye ring and a pink rose patch between the eyes.
They are widespread throughout Australia. They often form large groups along watercourses where they find plenty of seeds in grasses.
Certainly, we find plenty in the Hunter area.
In the Maitland area this last season we have seen a number of Long-billed corellas.
In a property north of Maitland where I find a lot of bird life, I had a Long-billed corella busy working on a nest hole in a tree.
They were working on this hole for days, dashing about and calling always returning to the spot to carry on the work while the other watched on.
The Long-billed Corella is a medium sized white cockatoo with a distinctive long bill.
It is normally found in the south-east of Australia.
Its habitat is grassy woodlands.
While nesting, both parents take part in preparing the nest and looking after the chicks.
It was noticeable that there were quite a few pairs in the same locality this year.
There is no doubt that the severe drought we have had in recent years affected our bird life and we are going through a period now where things are very slow.
But we can look forward to some great fungi in our rainforests very soon, perhaps it is just a bit too warm at the moment.
Other projects on the go at the moment include the azure kingfisher - this may go on for months.
Til the next time.