yellow-tailed black cockatoo

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.

black cockatoo

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The black cockatoos are one of my favourite birds, this is a male Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, they are more colourful than the female with their hot pink eye ring and darker beak. They are loud and cheeky birds and a lot of fun to observe and around here favour banksia flowers/seed pods like this one, and the needles of the she-oak visible in the background.