The linesman said the line ran from the galah to the tree, then across to the 11KV powerlines, then across the main road where it tangled around a street light. The bird had been dragging about 30m (100 feet, for the metrically impaired) of fishing line. It's lucky it was entangled where people could rescue it.
The Nifty-Lift Cherry Picker Operator took my box and raised the crane up to the bird. He put the dangling galah into the box, shut the lid, then cut the fishing line. The whole operation took about ten minutes.
Once home I cut the line off the wing and examined the bird for serious injury. It didn't have any so I let it go. The galah flew off in an instant, landing in a high gum-tree where I could hear it complaining loudly.
Hats off to Country Energy for sending out a crew of four linesmen, a 4WD and a Cherry Picker to rescue a common bird. These guys are Very Cool Indeed.
(from the Country Energy site)