Startled fully awake, I lay trying to comprehend, to make sense of this weird, unfamiliar HORRIBLE noise.
Not coming from a close-by road, but overhead. Perplexed and fully attentive now, I was aware of it travelling from farmland some distance off. Louder and louder. Dreadful ... what on earth? Birds? There must be hundreds, but what are they? Not anything usual for these parts. Eventually they passed overhead and wheeled off into the distance - come morning I forgot their very existence.
North side of the house
West side of the house
(in what is left of the lopped tree)
South side of the house
East side of the house
So when they were frightened off by a passing truck I was rather pleased
Debris from their visit
Ah ha! Technically speaking this is a Little Corella or Cacatua sanguinea (I wonder if that's from sanguine, meaning cheerful or hopeful or for the ruddy complexion?)