How many corellas? Count the legs and divide by two

@JudyEv (96471)
Bunbury, Australia
June 7, 2016 8:04am CST
On our trip north to Paynes Find in Western Australia, we stopped at Wubin to fuel up our bus/motorhome. There is a big parking area there where 'double' road-trains can hook up to another trailer and become 'triple' road-trains. The maximum length for a triple is 53.5 metres which is 58.5 yards. These can VERY long and a bit intimidating whatever other vehicle you happen to be driving. Wubin is only a small town but I stepped out of the bus to a cacophony of noise. I've recently written about Western Australia's black cockatoos and how raucous they can be. In Wubin, the noise was coming from dozens of white cockatoos or what we know as corellas. There are six species of corella which is a subgenus Licmetis in the genus Cacatua. Only three of the species are found in Australia. They are relatively small with pale bills and some red to the face. They flew overhead in a great swathe of white before settling in a tree near the roadhouse. I didn't attempt to count them. But there were a lot!
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@jaboUK (49993)
• United Kingdom
7 Jun 16
I had to look twice when you said they were birds - at first glance they look like blossoms.
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• United States
7 Jun 16
Me too. What does that say about us?
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@jaboUK (49993)
• United Kingdom
7 Jun 16
@ElizabethWallace Just that we saw what we were expecting to see
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@sueznewz2 (9331)
• Alicante, Spain
7 Jun 16
@jaboUK or should have gone to specsavers...lol's (only kidding)
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@Susan2015 (18286)
• United States
7 Jun 16
They look very lovely. And that's a whole lot of birds.
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@JudyEv (96471)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jun 16
There are dozens aren't there? Possibly hundreds.
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@Lucky15 (33714)
• Philippines
7 Jun 16
That is a lot. Haha Like at first..i thought they.are cotton on atree
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@JudyEv (96471)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jun 16
They do look like blobs of cotton don't they?
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@Lucky15 (33714)
• Philippines
8 Jun 16
@JudyEv they dolook like ma'am :)
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@MarymargII (8196)
• Toronto, Ontario
7 Jun 16
How exotic is that Judy! Cockatoos flying around- never in Canada- and when I first viewed the pic above I thought it was flowers.
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@JudyEv (96471)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jun 16
They can be a real nuisance and are now almost in plague proportions which is a shame.
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• Toronto, Ontario
14 Jun 16
@JudyEv Wow that is a shame- and then no one knows what to do about an ensuing problem- in Canada we have the Canada goose that seems to be everywhere- especially by the lakes where they can take over. What to do? As they don't want to kill them.
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@JudyEv (96471)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jun 16
@MarymargII Exactly. I think one day they might need to cull some of them at least.
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@just4him (88866)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
7 Jun 16
They filled almost every branch. That's a lot of cockatoos. Great picture!
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@JudyEv (96471)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jun 16
They are actually quite a pest although they make a great photo.
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@just4him (88866)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
8 Jun 16
@JudyEv They must be noisy then, especially if they travel in such large numbers.
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@JudyEv (96471)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Jun 16
@just4him When there are so many, they can make a mess of a garden or park. They sometimes go to grain bins to eat the seed and make a nuisance of themselves.
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@LadyDuck (118202)
• Switzerland
7 Jun 16
They look lovely, I imagine that they are pretty noisy when there are so many.
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@JudyEv (96471)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jun 16
They were very raucous flying overhead. Once they landed they stopped squawking.
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@LadyDuck (118202)
• Switzerland
8 Jun 16
@JudyEv The crows most of the time do the same, they stop as soon as they land.
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@JudyEv (96471)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jun 16
@LadyDuck Which is a good think. Otherwise it would get very tiresome.
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@Inlemay (17323)
• South Africa
7 Jun 16
see a flock before your eyes, when will be your next surprise - Oh they are lovely. They are not found here in SA at all
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@JudyEv (96471)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jun 16
They are very noisy and there are now so many they are becoming a pest. But to someone passing through they look lovely.
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@Inlemay (17323)
• South Africa
8 Jun 16
@JudyEv almost like blossoms on a tree - We have a large variety of birds in our garden, bird feeders, water holes (ha ha - for cats too) and we are quick to sort out the odd Myna that intrudes
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@JudyEv (96471)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jun 16
@Inlemay They have mynah birds over east but so far they haven't made the journey to Western Australia.
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@ida123 (6284)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
18 Jun 16
There are so plenty of them, I can't count them friend.
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@JudyEv (96471)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Jun 16
No, it is impossible isn't it?
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@ida123 (6284)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
19 Jun 16
@JudyEv Yes, very hard and impossible to count.
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• United States
7 Jun 16
holy flyin' cowpatties! yepperz, that'd be a whole herd'f 'em, lol. what a beautiful (though no doubt loud) sight to behold. such'd jest take my breathe 'way :D
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@JudyEv (96471)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jun 16
Better corellas rather than flyin' cowpatties!! Once they landed they all went quiet.
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• United States
9 Jun 16
@JudyEv indeed!
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@Jessicalynnt (48190)
• Centralia, Missouri
7 Jun 16
I thought that was white leaves, and then was like holy cow that's birds!!!
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@JudyEv (96471)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jun 16
No room for flowers with that many birds.
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• Centralia, Missouri
8 Jun 16
@JudyEv pretty wild and I do bet loud
@CRK109 (14365)
• United States
7 Jun 16
wow! if you look quickly, it looks like the tree is flowering! lol
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@JudyEv (96471)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jun 16
It seems most people thought they were all sorts of things - but not birds.
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@CRK109 (14365)
• United States
8 Jun 16
@JudyEv It must be great seeing them in person! That picture is pretty amazing!
• United States
7 Jun 16
Now, this is funny. When I first looked at your photo, I thought those things on the tree were flowers. It took reading your post, then looking again to see that they are birds.
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@JudyEv (96471)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jun 16
People have mistaken the birds for all sorts of things. I looked twice at first too before I took the photo.
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• United States
8 Jun 16
@JudyEv Our minds see what they expect to see.
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@UncleJoe (8069)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
8 Jun 16
Are they edible?
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@JudyEv (96471)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jun 16
It takes six to make a cockapie.
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@sueznewz2 (9331)
• Alicante, Spain
7 Jun 16
Wow...I bet that was noisy.... and possibly a bit messy ... but nice to see...
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@JudyEv (96471)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jun 16
We weren't there long enough to notice any mess, thank goodness. There would be a lot with so many birds.
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@teamfreak16 (35052)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
7 Jun 16
Oh, those are birds. I thought they were leaves.
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@JudyEv (96471)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jun 16
Leaves, flowers, cotton - people are seeing everything but birds it seems.
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@amadeo (46006)
• United States
7 Jun 16
they were very hard to see there.Not sure how many there.I can count anyway.
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@JudyEv (96471)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jun 16
Yes, there are better things to do aren't there, than to try to count them.
@Tampa_girl7 (21242)
• United States
7 Jun 16
What a unique and gorgeous image.
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@JudyEv (96471)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jun 16
I'm glad you like it. I have one of them in flight too so I'll put that up in the slideshow.
@miniam (9304)
• Bern, Switzerland
7 Jun 16
Wow, at first l did not see the tree,felt like they were flowers at first.
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@JudyEv (96471)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jun 16
Others thought they were flowers too - or leaves - or blobs of cotton.
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@acelawrites (10624)
• Philippines
7 Jun 16
So nice to see them, so many of them. I thought they were white flowers of that tree.
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@JudyEv (96471)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jun 16
They look like flowers don't they?
@JohnRoberts (38627)
• Los Angeles, California
7 Jun 16
That tree is so crowded with those birds. At first glance you think it's white blossoms.
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@JudyEv (96471)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Jun 16
There is no room for blossoms! Too many birds.