Fight! Fight! Fight!

Inter-species altercations at the local park.

These Galahs were quietly grazing., under the watchful gaze of their alpha-male:

A youthful Magpie wanted to search for food in the same patch:

Tensions escalated:

The face-off got serious as the combatants rounded on each other, sizing each other up…

Then it was ON!

The Magpie’s mates watched on, but didn’t weigh in…

The pair then took it in turns to adopt a “running-away” strategy…

Later, in the carpark….


Show Time.

Taronga’s Free-flight Bird Show is justly famous. For more than 20 years it has been delighting crowds and demonstrating bird behaviours against the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour.

The Black-breasted Buzzard (Hamirostra melanosternon):

The Black-breasted Buzzard’s party-trick is using a rock to crack the tough shells of emu eggs. In the Bird-show, ersatz eggs (with a treat inside) are used.


A Barking Owl (Ninox connivens):

The Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus) is the largest flying bird in the world (using a combined weight and wingspan formula), which explains why he looks a bit ungainly on the ground:

The Eastern Barn Owl (Tyto delicatula). Despite its name, it can be found all over Australia, except for western Tasmania.

Among the Bird Show’s team of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos (Cacatua galerita), is a lone Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo (Lophochroa leadbeateri) who has been well-trained in always keeping his crest up!

A presenter has a moment with a Galah (Eeolophus roseicapilla).