Colin’s cockatoos

My friend Colin sent me some photos of yellow-tailed black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus funereus) on his property two valleys to the east of ours. I am particularly impressed by the clear shots of the undertail. My yellow-tails are nervous compared to his, and I never seem to get good shots.

Undertail feathers of the yellow-tailed black cockatoo; photo by Colin Ford

Tucking into a nice bottlebrush blossom …

Dextrous claws and beak; photo by Colin Ford

Smiling for the camera …

Who's a pretty smart boy? Photo by Colin Ford

This is the usual view at our place …

Surveying for pine cones; photo by Andrew Roberts

They come in flocks of thirty or so and wheel about the sky together, calling their distinctive, eerie cries, before landing on a tree and shredding its flowers or cones. If you walk under their trees, you are in danger of getting conked on the head by a falling pine cone – a small price to pay for the pleasure of seeing them.

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