cockatoos

rain dancers

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p1130836The Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoo is a cheeky character. This male (sex identified by the hot pink eye ring) is feasting on the flower buds of the banksia tree, a tree native to where I live. Behind it is a she-oak, another native tree the cockatoos fancy. Cockatoos tend to stick together, their loud cawking sounds pre-empting their arrival, and their arrival pre-empting rain. 

yellow-tailed black cockatoo

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These cockatoos are cheeky birds and their personalities are highlighted by the hot pink eye ring of the males. When they check you out with a glint in their eye it is like they are daring you to comment on their ‘makeup’.

parrot silhouettes

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These silhouettes are of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos, feeding at sun-up on she-oaks. The she-oak ‘needles’ are actually long super thin leaves resembling pine needles. When they drop they can form an impenetrable mat that stops other plants growing, the mat is soft and cushiony underfoot and very comfortable to sit on.

little corella

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A small flock of these birds were perched towards the top of a very tall gumtree on the banks of the Richmond River in Woodburn, a small town in northern New South Wales. They were too high up to see clearly with the naked eye and I mistakenly thought they were Sulphur-crested Cockatoos as the only distinguishing features were the all white feathers. It was only when I uploaded the photos did I realise they were Little Corellasa bird I have never been fortunate enough to photograph before. Like the Sulpher-crested Cockatoo the Little Corella is a large white cockatoo but the Corella is a good 10 cm shorter than the Sulphur, averaging 38 cm. P1170022

It has a short white crest, short bill and little or no pink showing on the throat. It also has a loud screech that can be ear-splitting when a flock gathers. They usually nest in the hollow of eucalyptus or baobab trees where they lay 2-3 white eggs. Corellas can be found across two-thirds of Australia with a couple of local varieties spouting longer bills or pinker markings.