Posted by: Paul Sheringhams blog: a place of running dreams come true | February 2, 2018

Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos

 

These are the results of my first use of a new Sigma 100-400mm zoom lens. I went chasing Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos down at Christmas Bells Road. I could hear a few calling in the distance, down towards the railway line.

I looked at the plants by the side of the road for a while, and then I heard the Cockatoos calling closer. And about 30 cockatoos crossed the road where I parked my car. They are very big birds when you see them up close, the yellow panel in the flight feather showing brightly.

The second photo I got was best. The opportunity for close ups near the road quickly ended, as they move further into the low heath. They perched in paperbarks and on grass trees spikes.

I parked my car on the road near the RSPCA and tried to sneak up on the cockies in the bush. A sentry cockatoo was perched high in senescing Black She-Oak.

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I noticed that some Cockatoos had red rims around their eyes, and other had dark rims. I wondered if the cockies with the red-rims were mature adults of breeding age? The cockies where eating grass tree spikes and possibly the cones of Banksia oblongifolia. Holding the food item in one claw as they perched in Paperbark and other trees. I dragged myself around in shorts trying to get closer for a photos, it was hard going. And they kept moving further away, only slightly perturbed by my presence.

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Eventually as it became dark, they started calling loudly to each other, and the cockatoos all flew off in the directions of the Pine Trees near the race course. I got back into my car to see if they were roosting in the Pines near the race course but they were nowhere to be seen.

 

 


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