Galahs at the Canberra Balloon Spectacular

Galahs at the Canberra Balloon Spectacular
November 2022
Galahs flying over the hot air balloons of the Canberra Balloon Spectacular - a cartoon drawing by Stuart McMillen

Next in my Canberra Birds artwork series: Galahs at the Canberra Balloon Spectacular. A colourful pink galah flies high over the hot air balloons in the Canberra parliamentary triangle in the morning sunlight.

Image detail: Galah at the Canberra Balloon Spectacular

Pink body of a galah in flight
High angle cartoon drawing of hot air balloons from above
Detail of galah wings flying with Black Mountain Tower sunrise in the background
Cartoon drawing of Questacon building in Canberra with hot air balloon nearby
High angle drawing of top of hot air balloon in cartoon style

The bird: Galah

The galah is a member of the cockatoo family. With a distinctive pink and grey colour scheme, galahs are a well-known icon of Australia. In the 2021 annual Aussie Backyard Bird Count, galahs were the #8 most-sighted species from participants in the ACT. From participants across Australia, the galah was the #5 most-sighted species.

Image: Eolophus roseicapilla – Wamboin, NSW by David Cook Wildlife Photography

Image: Galah (Eolophus roseicapilla), Male, Austin’s Ferry, Tasmania by JJ Harrison

Galahs have relatively quiet, chirpy calls; unlike the loud and raucous calls of their noisy cousins the sulphur-crested cockatoos.

The location: the Canberra Balloon Spectacular

The Canberra Balloon Spectacular is an annual event that is held for a week surrounding the Canberra Day public holiday in early March. Locals get up early and head to the Parliamentary Triangle, to see dozens of colourful hot air balloons launching up into the sky.

I’ve been to this event multiple times in the past, and have even shot a few photos and videos of me, with the balloons as a colourful backdrop (see below).

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Galahs at Canberra hot air balloon festival cartoon image